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Landslide

This poem was originally written at the Sea-Tac Airport in 2014 in response to the landslide in Oso, Washington that destroyed an entire neighborhood and killed 43 people. This last weekend, many are demonstrating at airports around in the country in response to an executive order that has severely impacted hundreds of people.


Landslide



Too much rain and too much thunder

Sturdy bones sawn asunder

Sinews ripped and strewn above

Boulders tumbling under grass, roots aloft

Majestic trees shredded and torqued

Dirty rapids running filthy

A mountain splintered and twisted

Homes entombed, lives lost

Clouds dripping, heavy with tears

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Jeannine Gerkman
Jeannine Gerkman