Story Poems

JAPAN SUFFERS

March 17, 2011 at 12:08am

Earth shakes

Fear presides

Breathe, breathe

Don’t forget how

Panic rules

Flames incite

Shocks continue

Into the night

 

Mud rushes in

Capturing the land

Roof becomes basement

Debris swims by

Where are the people

Turned upside down

In seconds, in minutes

Life flows apart

 

All that water

None to drink

Brother, mother, child

Dead or lost

Shattered earth

Shattered home

Shattered life

Shattered future

 

Nuclear rods

Hot to let go

Float in the abyss

Of afterglow

Fear runs amuck

Chaos has its day

But shall we skate

The world asks anyway

 

PANCHO’S SISTER

Aiyee, mi hermano, is what they say true?
Across the land they sing their corridos of you.
Where is the Doroteo of our young days,
Tending the land under the sun’s scorching rays?
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CLARA’S AIR

Old Mom-Mom told her
“it’s a track without a train,
a railroad running north
and, sometimes, underground.”
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WHITE GIRL, BLACK HEART: SUMMER ‘59

On that first Sunday, Annie dressed in green plaid,
With Peter Pan collar, shoes, and purse all white.
Curly golden hair streamed down her back,
While her blue eyes tried to hide her fright.
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THE APPLE FACTORY

She told me her story on a fine spring day.

Across the long miles of all the Russias,
Into the Manchurian cold,
They went to build a railroad.
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