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
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

was it a rumour

except for the breeze
blowing into the mind

by Leigh Kemp

South and East African Safaris
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