Sneezes can be sneaky and
warm nights when fireflies dot the horizon
like sarcastic shoes
leaving prints on white carpet,
the clock kills time
as tick (time
obscured in shadow or yellow dust)
tocs (keeping its own time)
slice through secondary thoughts.
Insects feel ephemeral
(though I hope
they feel nothing) as sarcastic shoes
envelop then in shadow,
interrupting time’s deliberate walk.
© 2020 Phillip Knight Scott