Title: In the Option of Daylight

Author: Tom Weston

In: Sport 23: Spring 1999

Publication details: Fergus Barrowman, November 1999

Part of: Sport

Keywords: Verse Literature

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Sport 23: Spring 1999

In the Option of Daylight

page 122

In the Option of Daylight

The fire came later.
It seemed scarcely possible in the first fraction

of time after detonation,
your head flung back into the seat.

Time had stopped. In the second fraction
noise returned or, perhaps, simply caught up.

Why was the tree across the bonnet, and
why was the car stopped at all?

Questions swooped around the roof before
heading for the door. You went to get out.

A man was there, arms reaching to you.
You did not move. Something about your foot

on the pedals
joined to the compelling brake.

And the fire came later, although later
seemed so little time. The voice said Jesus

and moved away from where you could see.
The shapes and colours were bloody astounding.