A force of nature

There are too many signs:

A split of earth

Running in a jagged shriek

Like a fresh wound.

The magma that consumes


That swallows every smile

Making new chaos

With the most gorgeous

Of red grins.


I am watching the news

I am hiding my head in the sand

I am inhaling all of the air I have left

Hoping I can still breathe tomorrow.


I want to believe

In cycles. In transformation.

In pain before breakthrough

In suffering before enlightenment

But the whole world aches

And together we cover ourselves

In the ash that surrounds us

Attempting to rebuild with rubble

As we wait for the next aftershock

To be strong enough

To wake us up

Or end us all.


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