Crash and Burn

First comes the initial impact.

The first step to the final end.

It's the final slam after the series of jagged blows.

Then comes the silence.

The heavy air that weighs on you, yet lifts you.

It's the millisecond when you stop holding your breath and begin to breathe again.

Next is the realization.

The moment that it all begins to catch up to you.

It's when you're overjoyed you survived, but fearful of what's next.

After, comes the burst.

The sudden jolt of fire.

It's when you realize, you won't survive.

Finally, comes the flames.

The sleek hotness that engulfs you.

It's the moment you accept what's happened, forgive, and take the final breath.