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  • A 100-million-dollar lottery had many Canadians pumped-up about paradise this weekend.
    A special news report about the frenzy aired on national TV.
    An interview with a statistical expert (whose calculus formulae were on a white board behind him) reminded us that it was entirely more probable to be hit with lightning than to have 6 numbers drawn from a bin. Hmmm.

    Two days ago, Kathy Weinberg wrote of a walk under clear skies that turned ominous & culminated in lightning strikes within her work studio. Great balls of Zeus! she wrote. Today, Hawkeye Pete related the not-so-fun part of returning home after electrical storms had swept through his neck of the woods. It seems Pete has experienced first-hand lightning strikes on at least two occasions. Hmmm.

    Lightning is atmospheric electricity.
    Thor in a temper tantrum hammers his anvil with rage.

    Before we were even amphibious, these electrical discharges have lit-up the skies.
    They happen with regularity on sister planets as well, especially Jupiter & Saturn.

    Here on Earth annually, 16 million electrical storms rage in humidity-filled skies round the globe.
    That’s a lot of electrons being released! (Gotta be some bosons in there too)

    Lightning strikes the earth @ 200,000 kms/hr. @ 30,000 degrees Celsius.
    The extreme ionisation which occurs as a result provides fireworks for humans & benefits plant life with huge amounts of nitrous acid & oxide.

    Lightning strikes


    Powerful reminder
    how infinitesimal
    our white-bone arrangement
    red-blooded attempt
    to hold the incomprehensible

    We do really know we're puny
    (have no say at all)
    that the universe interacts with us
    no matter how hard we hide

    Makes one remark
    how weather over-arches our thinking
    taught us to shelter from the storm

    Boom the electrons
    bolt the flashing
    crack in the midst of it
    scurrying for cover we know we’re in peril
    (yet barely surrender the throne)

    We shoulder self-importance
    cling to extended warranties
    (that always will always work-out)

    Electric maelström herds us together
    huddled on porches
    under democratic awnings
    we wait for the rage to subside

    From caves in the suburb
    we spectate the proportion
    of the game being played live

    Horus passes to Ashur who tips it to Zeus
    Jupiter blocks the try & outs to Odin who scores
    zap the lightning bolt!

    perhaps humbled
    we carry-on at the sidelines.
    Peeping from primordial forests
    at the rulers of the planet
    we saw dinosaurs go down in a thrice.
    Unaware we'd been spared
    dwarf mammals retired to burrow & lair
    till time was ripe to thrive.

    Immortals not o sapien!
    story swirls on with your dregs.
    Skin is transforming under our noses
    must do so without our consent.
    The house is writhing in carelessness
    scab to scar to scab.

    We understand beauty instinctively
    we are moved by the symmetry of truth
    we are all one.
    In the commonwealth marvel
    let the lightning be punctuation
    in sentences that tend to run-on.

    Being alive & knowing it
    part of us dares
    let it govern for a time
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