Lightning Strikes 

Mark Twain:

“The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter. ’tis the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.”

It’s  inspiration

that animates

the search for the

right word.

Out of the humid, dim,

heavy air the lightening

dazzles the sky, suddenly and

the right word materializes

in brightest syllable

and we know, this–

this is the word

that clarifies.

This is the word



©Laurie Lynn Newman


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