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Hey folks! Below lies my poetic response to the awful impact of the massive earthquake in Syria & Turkey currently playing out on our TV screens. πŸ‘‡


The earth shook violently
Venting it’s anger
And buildings collapsed
Tumbling down
Like a deck of concrete cards
The poeple quake in fear
Scurrying; scrambling for safety
Only to be buried
Neath the piles of rubble
Rescuers digging them out
With their bare hands
For that’s all
Their resources allow.
Over 5,000 dead
With more expected
This natural disaster,
Wracking up fatalities
Faster than points
On a pinball machine
In countries already
Crippled & besieged
By war; hunger & disease
It scarcely seems natural
Or fair. All this loss
All this suffering
At the tectonic whim
Of earth’s fragile; shifting plates
And we look on
Maybe even a little upset
From our tablets; phones
And TV screens
At this tragic occurrence
That’ll barely measure
0.1 on the Richter scale
Of our daily lives.

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    1. Thanks very much Kristian! πŸ™πŸ˜ŠπŸ™ Just wrote it a couple of hours ago. Writing is the only thing I can do in response to it. Hence the feeling of helplessness. Not that it’ll help them who are suffering or have lost loved ones from it. Maybe it’ll help someone?! πŸ™πŸ˜ŠπŸ€ž

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  1. Ken you really hit the nail on the head with the last 3 lines. That is the essence of the modern world – we are shown in real time all the disasters around the world and can scarce take it in when it is replaced by new horrors. Some acknowledge and move on, others wave it away like an annoying fly, and others take it to heart and try to find a way to connect and help…

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    1. Thanks very much Muri! πŸ˜πŸ™πŸ˜ŠAppreciate the feedback too, spot on as always! πŸ‘πŸ’― We’re inundated with news/reports of shootings; bombings; fires; wars and natural disasters that we either become overwhelmed by it all or completely immune to it. So we just switch a button, turn it off & go back to our own lives. Hopefully there’s a 3rd option where, like you said, we’re moved to help in some way. πŸ™πŸ€žπŸ˜Š


  2. Those last few lines are the horrible truth… the impact of this will take ages to understand and correct and console and it will barely wrinkle our daily lives. Heartbreaking. No one deserves such devastation and definitely not regions already reeling under the impact of other horrors. A timely poem, Ken.

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    1. Thanks so much Rajani, really appreciate your feedback! πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜πŸ™ It is utterly heartbreaking, yes and unnecessarily cruel! We don’t realise how fortunate we are and probably won’t ever grasp the enormity of that unless we were in that situation ourselves! πŸ‘πŸ˜


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