Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Sometimes When There's Smoke

Like a dream
I saw white mist drifting
Off the house roof,
Smokelike in the warm sun.

My mind flashed to disaster,
Visualizing flames
In my dusty attic
Where only yesterday
A rat had chewed through wires.

I stood there in the driveway
Appalled, thinking what to do,
Whom to call.

Overhead the sky was blue,
Peaceful after night rains,
Wind and thunder;
But the mist continued
Lifting to the trees,
Appealing to my fears.

Then, to my wonderment,
I saw the selfsame mist
Drifting off my neighbor’s house
And realized
I wasn’t seeing smoke, but steam.
©2019 John I. Blair, 4/25/2019

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