In a Heartbeat


In a heartbeat,

The car turned the corner too fast, and turned over,

The last thing the mother did was scold her

Son for chewing loudly.


In a heartbeat

The lonely girl bumped into the guy – who was leaving

For good – and she wasn’t lonely any more

“It’s funny how we met,” she told her children.


In a heartbeat

He smiled at her and talked about their next trip

And then the darkness covered the side of his face

And he slipped away from everyone.


In a heartbeat

He scratched the lotto card

One hundred thousand it said –

And that was the amount of friends he gained.


In a heartbeat

He screwed up the cigarette and promised himself

That was that,

And it was.


In a heartbeat

The sun warmed his face and he smiled

And the blackness let him be for a few kind minutes.


In a heartbeat

As she sat alone at the bar, a friend joined her and another

And another –

and in a heartbeat, she knew she was the lucky one.


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