Down From The Heavens It Rains Light

Untitled – Annie Petrelli
John Nickolas

From the clouds to a nearby tree or roof, a lightning bolt takes only a few thousandths of a second 

to split through the air.

 The heat from the electricity of this raises the temperature.

the surrounding air crackles, 

suddenly energized.


the hunter lines up

his shot; sitting there,

waiting patiently for his prey to come in sight.

One last breath before a quick squeeze, followed by a deafening 


The compressed air explodes outward from the channel, forming a shock wave of compressed particles in every direction. 

It was the Norse god Thor, the Greek god Zeus, and the Roman god Jupiter who wielded the mighty bolt of lightning to keep man in his place.

the attraction of positive and negative charges in our atmosphere act in an opposing manner, leaving us with a striking beam of light;


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