Meditations on a Lightning Storm that Happened in 1894

by John Brantingham

My great grandfather, who neither I nor my father nor my grandfather ever met, died one night
from a single bolt as he tramped across Ohio farmland. Just before the moment, he sighted a light
in the upstairs window of his home, and his breath tripped a little in its joy. Inside sat his wife,
pregnant with the new child patriarch, the child who died of old age 50 years ago this evening.


John Brantingham has been featured on Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac and has had hundreds of poems published in magazines in the United States and England. His books include the short story collection, Let Us All Pray Now to Our Own Strange Gods and the crime novel Mann of War.

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