Spontaneous Acceleration


Shouting like a hard warning.

A blazing sign in the sky,

just before things begin

to accelerate,

like the action of a catapult.

Potential becomes kinetic,


No time to plan.

No time to prepare.

Just the blood rushing to your head,

and your heart

falling fast enough

to make you think

it’s going to escape.

Awake now?

Afraid now?

Alive now?

Wish that you could slow it down.

Pray for all you’re worth,

but it’s not time yet

to meet your God.

You haven’t even arrived yet.

Instant acceleration.

Instant deceleration.

Hard stop

is coming soon.

Those who say,

“It isn’t about the destination.

It’s about the journey.”

were never moving at

thousands of feet per second.

With any luck

you won’t even see it coming.

If you’re fortunate enough to live,

you’ll open your eyes,

take a breath,

and in the same moment

you realize you’re still alive.

You’ll know you have arrived.


it’s like that.

Life moves pretty fast.

Hold the fuck on.



DJR – 2023

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