Hours Beyond Midnight

Hours Beyond Midnight - A Reflection...

02.25am Silence from the farthest point

audible in its intensity


a moment of realignment


a solitary voice stutters

and falls silent


04.25am a hint of a breeze

born in an icy scream

freezes the stars

in the pre-dawn sky


04.42am silence

insect

bird

and myself

pull toward the warmth

of our survival


04.47am the silence is broken

by the breeze

whispering to the palms

a chill voice

telling of the dawn


04.55am a leopard coughs

shattering the sky

[into fragments]


05.06am a lion roars

beyond the dark

beyond the chill

and is quiet


imagined

was it a rumour


quiet

except for the breeze

blowing into the mind

by Leigh Kemp

South and East African Safaris
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