strangely cool June
afternoon    4:00ish
shady back patio
breeze waltzing 
the tulip poplar leaves
wine glass in hand
lounge chair reverie

broken by

low rumble
from cloudless sky
nears     overtakes
deafening rotors
of five military helicopters
flying in formation
right over our house
armed     lethal
display of power

common sense shouts
just a training exercise
other senses hiss
martial law
clearing the streets
a defeated president defying
peaceful transition
gun-toting supporters
ready for civil war