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Eight Point Nine on the Ring of Fire

Updated on August 20, 2011

An earthquake shook the Ring of Fire last week…………………

Magnitude 8.9 and that was the peak.

My house is too cold and drafty at times,

they only have blankets but you don’t hear them whine,

Leaving their families, life is precious as gold,

Under the rubble, out in the cold.

I stock my larder, buying cases of corn, they stand in the streets too shell shocked to mourn.

I fret over my job, how long will it last, only to realize theirs is in the past.

No homes, no streets, no water, no power……..

My only thought is hot water for my shower.

The nuclear plants on the brink of a disaster,

Meanwhile I’m thinking about the sins of our pastor.

An earthquake shook the Ring of Fire last week

I only have time to pray for the meek.

My troubles are tiny, when compared to the Japanese.

Can’t we ask Mother Nature to slow down if you please?

I’ve seen the videos, they seem so surreal,

the news events show me they have the power to kill.

It’s been 65 years since the A-bomb destroyed their land,

What this world needs to do now is give them a hand.

An earthquake shook the Ring of Fire last week,

What is it you want, what is it you seek?

Copyright © 2011 Lvanhorn All Right Reserved


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      writinginalaska 6 years ago from southeast Alaska

      thank you for the nice comment Peter and visiting my Hub page. Nice to have a new follower too. :) lvh

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      PETER LUMETTA 6 years ago from KENAI, ALAKSA

      What a beautiful and touching poem. I lived on that edge as you do. That 9.0 can come anytime. My heart aches for those folks there but for luck go I. Thanks, Peter

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      writinginalaska 6 years ago from southeast Alaska

      i always look forward to your comments Vocalcoach, not because I want an ego stroke, but because I know they are heartfelt and we seem to share something special you and I. thank you dear Audrey..... writinginalaska

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      You have said it all in your compassionate hub. You are very very good with poetry. This is just so sad. We all need to stop a minute and put things in perspective. The "hot shower" line is totally me. Shameful. I will always remember this particular line of your great poetry. Thank you, dear Leah...vocalcoach

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      Doug Turner Jr. 7 years ago

      Yeah, the videos do seem very surreal; like a child's play set being crashed with a bucket of water. Your perspective is so very true; we fret over our daily lives, while theirs is gone entirely. So sad. Such a hostile planet this can be. Good poetry. Peace.

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      Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

      Hi, I still can't believe the scale of the devastation, what a nightmare, we must certainly help them all we can, nell

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      LittleFairy 7 years ago

      Very kind thoughts, we must definitely lend the japanese a hand.