Earthquake, or: Flash flood

Poetry Partners #163

‘Earthquake’, a Septolet by Kaci Rigney

rumbling, rolling
rubble scattering
stumbling
shaking

ripples fracture
the California streets
rife with panic

‘Flash Flood’, a Septolet by ben Alexander of โ€˜The Skepticโ€™s Kaddishโ€™

skies tear
open
flashing
eyes scan

torrents raging, ripping, 
sweeping, smashing, crushing
Negev hikers

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Ben Harper (b. 1969)

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38 thoughts on “Earthquake, or: Flash flood”

    1. There are always earthquakes. Haha! I was referring to the last really big one in the San Francisco area where the Nimitz freeway and the bay bridge collapsed, 30 + years ago. My husband had just crossed over the Nimitz within the hour. No cell phones then. Scared out of my mind.

      1. Always.. hahhahhahaha .. I was here for that one too. Yikes. My husband was at the Giants game. I hate to say this but we are overdue! (for the big one) yikes! ๐Ÿ’—

  1. Was there an attack in the Negev
    So your Septolet reads
    You use this form so well to portray war, terrorism, climate and natural disasters.

    Is it a recent earthquake in California?

      1. Oh should have checked on what you meant with flash floods. I thought the poem was depicting a terrorist attack.
        Thanks, I just read the link.
        Desert rains can be dangerous.

          1. Yes. This is so uncanny.
            Talk about shooting and California.
            I just read that 10 people were killed at a new year celebration in California. ๐Ÿ’”

          1. Oh I can well imagine Kaci, although I’ve only experienced earth tremors and once a tornado. That was enough to rattle my nerves.

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