The instant between
thunder and lightning
The moment between
dream and waking
The second between
realisation and the act
When the universe takes a deep breath
When the world is full of promise
When the cosmos is a sea of possibility
A note that continues forever
A song that is in your heart
A melody that takes you from one wheel to the next
Hold that instant
Make it yours
Breathe it in
to the silence.
This poem was inspired by a Charles de Lint novel of the same name. In the novel ‘Svaha’ = (SVA-ha) means the time between when you see the lightning and when you hear the thunder – (Native American, tribe unknown).
Although a little research showed that this may be a myth and that the name is actually of Indian origin and is used as a mantra or the name of a goddess or both…
However, to accomodate both ideas (although I prefer the first one) I added both to the poem.
The novel is pretty good, and I just love the idea of that moment when you see the lighting and wait for the roar of the thunder. A pretty special moment as far as I am concerned…. :-)