A False Alarm


The sky has darkened:

Trees quiver as the cool breeze blows erratically;

Leaves flutter nonsensically down to earth;

The grass trembles as if in the presence of a giant.

Birds that once filled the air with song fly quickly to their nests;

An old man hurries to finish raking leaves;

Lo, the earth is now still.


Then the rustling in the trees returns,

The sky brightens itself cheerfully,

Birds chirp and fly freely.

The world breathes: false alarm!


Sabryna Jean Ralph, 1980

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sandy
    Aug 03, 2015 @ 13:32:16

    Finally……”published”. Whoop! I love it just as much as the first time I read it. Love you, daughter🌹



  2. readytobewriting
    Aug 03, 2015 @ 19:52:12

    Thanks! ☺️



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