The air is dense with particles
waiting to wreak havoc.
From the car, I crane my neck
at the Roman bookshop
by the roadside when the driver
careens. I don’t know
what hits me.
Time snaps: here and now. The crash moves
up my spine before the brain registers.
Slowly more neurons fire
dispersing the message
throughout my solar system.
I rise from the front seat as if from a dream
and step into the street.
From an unnatural height I look down at the car
its glossy black surface dented:
a shape once sleek.
We get away without a scrape.
Two friends who love to yell “shotgun!”
sit quietly in the back, huddled
in the lucky corner
the free space taken, punched in.
That moment far away you enter orbit
and I feel the ground shift.
Outside sparks fly like dying stars
but more than metal collides.
Our minds reel in awe.
On the sidewalk
shards glint and speak
of celestial rearrangement.
I will return home
to find you on your way.