The Time Between Lightning & Thunder

by Jake Hawkey

We find it hard
explaining
suffering
unsolicited
unwarranted

good things happening
to bad people
bad things happening
to good people

but God is infinite
unfathomable
compassionate

& by humble estimates
peace could be here
tomorrow
if each reached 
their potential today

the only real question is
how can we allow for
each other a spring?

rain is God’s happy
& sad tears
sustaining

lightning is God’s doubt
flashing in the mirror
every time we don’t
assemble potential

then thunder is God
moving furniture
to understand 
from a newer 
perspective

for Sonnie


Jake Hawkey studied art at the University of Westminster and poetry at Queen’s University Belfast. He was selected for Poetry Ireland Introductions in 2020 and is currently a poetry PhD candidate at Queen’s.

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