Poetry Appearing in Poetry In Motion® Los Angeles

Reverse Drama

Kay Ryan

Lightning, but not bright.
Thunder, but not loud.
Sometimes something
in the sky connects
to something in the ground
in ways we don't expect
and more or less miss except
through reverse drama:
things were heightened
and now they're calmer.

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"Reverse Drama" by Kay Ryan from The Niagara River. Copyright © 2005 by Kay Ryan. Reprinted with the permission of Grove Press.
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