tadpoles

i am just a tadpole swimming
in this tiny pothole that filled up with
water when the deluge started so
maybe i don’t know anything
but
as i peek out over the edge of the
cracked concrete and loose rubble
that makes possible my existence
and see the flash of blue-white fire arcing from heaven
or hear the deafening lion’s roar supplanting it
or feel the terrible crush of the hurricane
that threatens to pick me up
and throw me off this earth
into the great maelstrom of
planets
and stars
and black holes
and galaxies
that rages around us every day
just beyond our sight
i think to myself
oh my God

all these things were meant to
evoke wonder
even when they
hurt.

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