Earthquick

This one lasted

At least five minutes

And though we are not from there

We appeared to be in South America

A capital in the mountains

High rises reaching up

Out of the valleys

 

We were not frightened:

Our parents had perished already

But we still held on,

Waited for the shaking to stop

 

However, this was less a shake

And more a bounce

Reciprocation

The building itself

An elevator, like the gantry

We rode to numb our pain with

Thrills

 

That all this happened in the

South America of my dreams

Tells me somewhere down there

A family goes through this same

Ride

 

They aren’t scared either

Their earthquick might go

Side to side

Round and round

Or rolling

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