Monday, March 5, 2007

Speaking of earthquakes, this is a rondeau I wrote soon after the Loma Prieta 7.2 earthquake of 1989 - the big one that brought down freeways and the Bay Bridge:

From Deep Within
From deep within the earth, a sound -
a lurch, a rumble underground
then floors begin to heave, to shake
as masses shift and tensions break
and shatterings of glass resound.

Forces that continents impound
burst free in movement so profound
that age-entrenched foundations quake
from deep within.

Why do I stay? Coiled springs are wound
and fractures, undiscerned, surround
familiar ground (its dirt opaque
to science) which I can't forsake.
This is my fault, to which I'm bound
From deep within.

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