Saturday, 12 July 2014


On 12 July 2014, an earthquake suddenly struck Jersey, about 4.2 magnitude, and it was like a small explosion in our office, as everything shook, and there was a bang. This is a reflection on that event. This poem uses the form of Rubaiyat to explore a mythology of quakes.
Came a loud bang and much shaking
Ground convulses with the quaking
The earth was not such solid rock
As if great giants were now waking
Perhaps this was a sign to shock
Earthquake tells us to take stock
Long we have despoiled the earth
And now we hear the warning knock
Perhaps a lesson from the earth
As if Earth Mother giving birth
And rips asunder in the making
Just a thought for what it's worth

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