Day 3: Landslide

Rachel Bunting‘s NaPoWriMo poems are all based on news items this year, and you should head over and read her fabulous work. I borrowed her strategy for today’s draft, going to Yahoo News! last night and taking some notes from a story about a landslide in Tibet. Since the event has its own inherent drama and tragedy, I tried to keep the distanced language of a news report:

89 Missing in Landslide at Jiama Mine, Tibet
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The earth sobbed and heaved
its great shoulders and collapsed
onto the bodies of the sleeping men.
*
Rescue workers dug through
fifty meters of rubble until new
cracks in the hills slashed warning.
*
Hospitals in Lhasa were placed
on emergency alert to treat survivors.
Their beds sit cold and empty, waiting.
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2 thoughts on “Day 3: Landslide

  1. Well thank you for the link and the compliment!

    I like the distance in this – I think it lends a new clarity. I wonder if the distance might be emphasized if the earth was indifferent? A shrug instead of a sob? Just a thought.

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