Just One Drop

one drop
marring the gray
of the tattered
cotton shirt
one drop
is how it begins
as the lightness
is taken 
and the darkness
bleeds out
the ragged cloth
worn but familiar
becomes
a clingy mess
it starts slowly
with just one drop
the comfort
and forgiving nature
of that
oft doffed top
is lost
as the storm
rains down
and it happens
one drop
at a time
life
familiar and routine
comfortable
known
dependable
is revealed
as defenseless
and vulnerable
to what may come
and the lesson begins
with 
just 
one 
drop

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