Artist: Jules Bastien-Lepage, 1879


Some change is gradual
like mold spores
that bloom to smear unnoticed
in opaque blotches
upon the glass
behind drawn window shades.

Some change is startlement
like a tectonic shift.
We were that…now we’re this.
It registers…quick gasp…
raised chin…wide eyes…
rush of adrenaline.
In out…out in of God.
In out…out in of love.
In out of innocence.

Bonnie Marshall

4 thoughts on “Startlements

  1. Change is the essence of life, though some changes are painful, in the long term they turn out to have a meaningful pattern…

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