Time Traveler

by James Steck

He sits alone

watching lightning swell like veins in the clouds--

his heartbeat makes the windows shiver too

as he makes a narrative of rain

at night to fall asleep.


First, the feeling of the saturated atmosphere

then the soundwaves from the window panes

inside canals, inside the brain informs 

what the sound is--rain.


The eyes unfold and the story aligns--

rain from the sky sounds like

punches I learned in my garage


Dad’s body rippled 

like the windows at night.


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Writers Bio

James Steck grew up in upstate New York, and now lives in Washington, DC. He teaches high school English and coaches track and field in Fairfax, Virginia. His writing focuses on contradictions, the human body, and realism. He has been published in The Woove and The Silhouette Literary and Arts Magazine. 

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