Lightning vs. The Lightning Bug In The Texas Panhandle

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

Mark Twain said that.

Once, caught in the eruption of a massive thunderstorm in the Texas Panhandle, I sat bottled up in my car like a lightning bug. In that sudden deep premature night, chain lightning chopped at the black sky non-stop from one absolute horizon to the other – then detonated all around me like a targeted barrage.

But despite sound, despite fury, and at its utter mercy, I found I could read a little Faulkner by the near continuous light.

© Joe Baniecki, GoTraveler Reflections (2017)

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