Let’s turn our attention to the Exhilarating Spark
DON'T BURN OUT
NIGHT OF 9 HOURS
FIRST LOVE HEARTACHE
STAIN THE WATER CLEAR
& Margaret MacDonald
ILLUSTRATION BY MARTA HERRERA
Let’s turn our attention to the Exhilarating Spark,
common or garden variety.
One can find an example of these
creatures almost anywhere one wishes to look.
i) Two pairs of eyes. Across a room, a conversation – in a bar,
perhaps. Too intense, too brief.
Two gazes on the verge of combustion.
Feeling like a pair of raindrops slipping down a window,
on the verge of converging for a second or two.
ii) Opening a text; long-awaited good news
(half-expected). An unrushed grin to oneself
if alone, a snatched half-smile if not. Either way,
soft second-long explosions in the chest,
between heart and stomach.
But you see, I prefer hunting out the rarer ones. The smaller,
more fragile ones that others don’t notice.
iii) Reckless. Too old for the playground, but
still swaying to and fro. Head back, feet out.
Eyes shut for a fraction of a second –
the influx of air suggesting something
dangerous, sharp, white-hot in its hazardousness.
d) One of the more bashful members in a seemingly
staged conversation. Social insecurity temporarily clouded over
by minute success; a joke, perhaps. A valuable contribution.
Something minor that makes them feel like the happiest
human being in the world for a half a moment or so.
e) Here’s another sort of stage. A proper one.
With curtains, and an audience in seats.
Within an abundance of times and places, the Spark
enjoys making appearances: the last syllable
of a monologue, the pinnacle of the lead’s presence,
the involuntary jerk that appears when
the lights turn on and the sound kicks in.
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