Treasure Island

Leslie Ching

(January 8,1995- / Toronto, ON, Canada)

In Between


Have you ever wondered
What happens in between?

Between blinks-
For just that tiny millisecond
The world is blacked out,
Obscured,
By a thin layer of eyelid;
What happens
In that millisecond you missed?
The difference
Could be as subtle
As a snail
Inching its way
Up the rough bark of a tree trunk,
Or as drastic
As a jet plane
Smashing into one of the Twin Towers
On September 11, when calamity struck;

Between beats
Of a pumping heart-
For just that tiny millisecond
The heart is still,
Unmoving,
As if lifeless;
What happens
In that millisecond of stillness?

Between the even breaths
Of a heavy sleeper-
For just those few seconds
The sleeper is at rest,
Untroubled,
Separated from the rest of the world;
What happens
In those seconds of peace?

That mere second can make no difference to your day
Or change your life forevermore…
(12/07/08)

Submitted: Saturday, December 06, 2008
Edited: Tuesday, December 23, 2008

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  • Sameer Ahmed (12/24/2008 2:58:00 AM)

    Its really an interesting poetic scheme........everyone would percieve it differently but, in other words Its actually an appreciation to nature that keeps us tuned in even in these millisecond gaps.....very accomplished thought.....10/10.........best wishes (Report) Reply

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