Saturday, August 13, 2011

Maine Earthquake: July 7, 2011

Digital graphic by Jinksy at 
In Tandem #5

Maine Earthquake
July 7, 2011*

Looking over the edge,
I saw the whale breach
out of the depths,
fly across the face
of a glowing sun rise;
resurrect over dark hills-
a premonition, a dream.

An explosion somewhere!
I half rose to check the time,
see the sun, test my sanity.
Are they blasting rock
at this hour – that barge of stone
in tow did pass the other day…
Thunder - but the sun is up.

Calmly, a voice reported:
“Earthquake in Maine”.
Haunting echo of words
spoken in another year:
He’s gone - of lives shaken,
and sun darkened on this date
in an earthquake at home.

Did faults of spreading plates,
out on the far away edges,
force open the stone heart
of the earth in Maine -
to let whales fly to the sun,
weld a new link in the eternal
quivering chain that sustains life?

* On July 7, 2011, there was an earthquake in Brooksville, ME at 5:23 a.m. It registered 2.3 on the Richter scale. We were on vacation in an adjoining town. 

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  1. I like the image of tectonic plates forcing open 'the stone heart of the earth in Maine'. Quite an experience and a great response to Jinksy's prompt.

  2. Oh, my Ann - are we on the same wavelength, or are we not? :) Thanks for the words which fit my picture so well.