Earthquake

Photo by Yves Moret on Unsplash

you know what they say during drills.
get under the desk, it’s safe. 
well, I’m the desk,
stuck in the corner as the first wave hits,
the dishes and pots hit the ground, 
my legs threaten to give way but not quite, 

then silence. 
“it’s over,” says the child, 
crawling out from under me. 
I laugh, I work, I study, I write. 
but smile no more,
because a bigger wave is about to come.

I’m not prepared,
not for the breaking, the shaking,
the dramatic screams that call for danger,
I’m okay. I’m okay. I’m okay.
except I’m not, 
except my legs crumble under the pressure,

then silence again. 
the mother attempts to glue me back together,
and I stand somehow 
with my wobbly legs and flustered face. 

see, that’s the thing about earthquakes,
they come unexpected,
causing so much destruction in their wake,
then gone like nothing ever happened. 

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17 thoughts on “Earthquake

  1. Living in Alaska, earthquakes are very common, so I get this…. though nowadays it’s not under a desk drills. But yeah, that 7.2 we had in December was…. unnerving to say the least.

    Love this poem. I like the idea of something else’s perspective. Very good!

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    1. I live in South Korea, where they insist on doing under the desk drills. We’ve been doing the same thing since elementary school. Then again, earthquakes almost never happen here. Honestly, they’re a bit scary.

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  2. This is really amazing. It took me back to being a child at school, before I was diagnosed with anything, those panicky feelings just beginning to take shape. You captured the feeling of depression and anxiety very beautifully in a specific moment. Well done 🙂

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  3. The metaphor of a desk in an earthquake to talk about someone going through hard times or…just life, is brilliant here. That’s the way I saw it from the onset, and the way the words flew on, about how the desk wobbles and reassures itself with empty backing, how someone else patches it up but it’s a far cry from its former self – it’s just amazing. 👍🏻👍🏻
    I’m gonna reblog this.

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