Aftershocks

earth will quake
ground shudder
buildings collapse
bricks on heads hail
agony and anguish
cries and shouts
tears and viscera
all birds in sudden flight
homes slide down the sodden hillside crumble
blood hosed from streets into sewers
trauma and grief
funerals for thousands
post-traumatic stress en masse
aftershocks, panicked wails
widows, orphans and lost men lament
fires put out
rubble trucked away
infrastructure rebuilt
pardon our mess
please excuse our dust
yes, we are open for business
the script has a director
the film is loaded
action called and it happens again
relax, breathe deep
it’s only a movie
say it to yourself
“it’s only a movie,”
until it’s real

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