Big Problems

In your moment, unfortunately
nothing is small
it is an immense
unfolding drama
and you are caught up in it
whisked along
in the turbulent surge and retreat
of agitated tsunami waters
that have inundated
all aspects
of your trouble-plagued life
as you see it
but from the audience
your drama
is a play
put on by the third grade
swollen boards
creak beneath sneakered feet
and overhead a hot lamp
smoking dust
triggers a lone fire sprinkler
that dutifully discharges
a gentle mist
descending on smiling
upturned faces
catching artificial rain
like snowflakes on extended tongues
the tsunami is a dud
the crowd applauds
you are the lone child
that one we all know
who cannot roll
and cries
in spite of unexpected joy

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