Road Journey with Rik (ii)

electric blue flash lightning splits the sky
thunder cracks & ripples away
atop the Tarn gorge

we are up then down on twisting road
sweating
I fall to sleep & dream
repeatedly
waking to the same situation
of falling road & conversation

we crane our necks
to see vultures black
like death
soaring thermals
preying
like war planes
waiting
wings stretched wide
turning
above the canyoned rock

Tarn gorge, France, 4th August 1995

From 'poems 1995'