everything seemed to stop

The clouds sat in the air
like empty speech bubbles
from a well thumbed comic book

were the author hid clues which pointed to something big

much bigger and incomprehensible, it’s…
well , it’s best not to think about it
really

so go put the kettle on
and have a cup of tea.

The clouds opened and when it rained,
it rained commas,
and everything seemed to stop
or at least slow down,
just for a while.

And anyway
it was the animals that sensed it first,
P’s cat tore up a sofa
while R’s dog looked for cover

a parrot stammered
squeaked and swore while

a dog attacked a postman
who dropped elastic bands
that just bounced off the floor.

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