Tagged: earthquake

how quickly do ghosts

how quickly do ghosts
arise from the newly dead
and discover their

bodies – how do we measure
their ache beyond our ache
.
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four fire trucks, half-

four fire trucks, half-
a-dozen police cars, and
twenty-three minutes
later, the tremors
receded, but the
business of being
the city’s bravest
endures
.
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on the twenty-eighth

on the twenty-eighth
day, the moon will have
finally made her way around
this new
world-without-
you, and the sudden
realization will show
on her face,
and the earth will recognize
that suffering look
and all at once
feel
lighter in mass, in this new
world-without-
you

as a consequence,
each day
will be quickened
by one point two
six microseconds,
and they will put it
in their history books –
and there will be less time
to say i love you,
less occasion to hold your
hand, less room
to tie the tips
of our dreams together,
less, still less.

but it is only the twentieth
day – the moon doesn’t
know, so the earth
doesn’t know, and the
days, they drag their
feet because you’re not
here, and
we have been living
with it
for twenty days
.
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rescue mission

rescue mission
.
they are coming to take away
the children by busloads – how
is sex trafficking any less
harrowing than a baptism
into hellfire and brimstone

under the same guise, they
require the children to leave
their clothes behind, abandoning
the childish names penned
in tape onto their shirts

just like that,
the forgetting begins
.
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