Thursday, 28 May 2009
And It’s Only April
By Leah Aronoff
The earth’s restless skin
quivers, shivers, and shakes
as if it, too, had the flu.
Wherever it lands
there’s no rest for the eye.
What humans don’t touch,
the earth will deal with
episodically quaking and shaking,
Not one square inch overlooked.
are blown to shreds in Zargabad,
while a team of seventy blue clad
women win a hectic dragon boat race in Mannao.
The Seychelles grab nine pirates
in the Indian Ocean
while seven policemen are
killed in Tijuana.
Throughout the world
people hack, shiver, and cough
while 300,000 pigs, deprived of all movement
are ordered slain in Egypt,
and downtown Baltimore drowns.
A tour bus crashes in Soledad,
wildly ejecting passengers at will.
From January to April Iraq has counted
339 bombing deaths,
while Afghanistan crumbled under
2,700 insurgent attacks.
And it’s only April.
The planet’s skin has an unappeasable itch
and the whole world is scratching.