Night is sprinkled with stars, and I discern no clouds (inferred from starless stretches of sky rather than seen in these moonless hours.) Even though the clouds have gone, and there is no sound of thunder, however distant, I see occasional flashes which might be lightning far in the north. Still, they might be the headlights of cars rounding curves on upgrades, sending their dispersed beams skyward. I don't like to think of the roads up there, narrow, twisting, most of them unpaved. They are the sort of roads I would see in nightmares, twisting through a sinister and corrupted former wilderness. There are cabins up there where people as damaged as their landscape lurk. Who can know what happens in that isolation?
Damn, but I've been getting morose lately! It's anxiety does that, and exposure to incidents of human destructiveness, corruption, deceit, and irrationality.
Outside for a moment, to clear my head, I see a great flash in the north. It is lightning, indeed, but no sound of thunder reaches me. There are times when I hear thunder rolling very softly from that quarter, but see no lightning. The thunder at a distance reminds me of the purring of a cat, and nearby it is like a booming warning. The lightning, silent or not, always makes me think of purification. It seems appropriate to me that lightning would be the weapon of a wrathful god. It illuminates as it destroys. But the thought remains in a corner of my mind: What have the trees of the forest done to arouse the ire of a god? Better that the lightning come here, and wreak vengeance on the wicked of the town. But it remains distant. I can only hope that those cabins are in its way.