Cheryl A. Hemmerle : quaker

Spring '11 TOC

first rupture
registered thursday
initiating waves
in vapors and liquefaction
from the
hypocenter

rippling forces spread
over a body landscape intensely
focused at one point on the
surface

violent shaking
the fissure bends
cracks
breaks
one tectonic plate
upon another shifting
fracturing
squeezing, compressing

aftershocks and
tsunamis defy the logic of
Richter, Mercalli circling
the ring of fire

blame it on
Poseidon, god
Namazu
the fault
lies within the
seiche unbound

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