Strike force

Hum, by Jamaal MayI had a bunch of things to do today. What I did instead was read poetry.

The poem I liked best was Jamaal May’s “Hum for the Bolt,” which takes us to a World of Warcraft landscape to consider the “bolt,” a blunt, potent word, in a setting where it might be a weapon, a spell, a quantity of silk.

But the narrator decides he would rather be the kind of bolt that can

…eat the dark,

draw shadows in quick strokes across wall

and start a tongue counting
down to thunder. That counting that says,
I am this far. I am this close.

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