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(avid Wethey/NZPA/Assoated Press
this is the hour of wonder
a time where wait and see
and hide and seek 
cease to be games
the streets are silent
wrinkled brows speak volumes
swing sets, steeples 
and stomachs in knots

this is the eve of answers
with dawn comes discovery
sifting, sweeping, shifting 
changes in view 
everything we held 
everything we believed to be
always and iron
shook loose in minutes
in pieces

Rene ~ 2011

My prayers are with the people of New Zealand and for anyone who is struggling through difficult, sudden changes and choices in their lives.


  1. Nature shakes her numbed limbs and we can but react. Hoping powerful loving energy is available to counteract the New Zealand quake.
    Your words aptly address the current tide of changes in the Middle East as well. Driven by educated youth, social media and repressive economies, human nature is shaking its numbed limbs with equivalent power. The world is ever-changing.

  2. "...everything we believed to be
    always and iron
    shook loose in minutes... "
    And just as well or we would all be dodging and weaving our lives away!
    NZ is the shaky isles and some seismic activity always expected but such disasters can happen anytime anyplace. Such loss and pain! Our hearts go out to them.

  3. nice...sounds like an earth shaking moment...i kinda like to have my world rocked like that...sick, i know.

  4. @Kim..Yes! Exactly what I was going for :) Our world is rapidly changing
    sometimes peacefully, sometimes in more unexpected violent ways

    @Stafford Absolutely, everything we believe to be so permanent really isn't so much...

  5. You've really evoked a feeling of chaos, uncertainty and dread here. Fine writing, and my sympathies also to the people undergoing this unexpected and difficult ordeal.

  6. Fine work, my dear. I second that, and am flying some prayer flags on the Everest of my mind.

  7. The earth proves over and over that she has bigger puzzle pieces than we can imagine...nice piece...bkm

  8. This breaks my heart. beautifully done

  9. Children of the Earth

    We humans- pugnacious and proud
    Demand that our Mother be seen
    But not loud
    No peristalsis must She risk ever to show
    While poisoned and disgraced
    From the seeds that we sow
    "Sit quietly and take it",
    We expect her to yield
    For the advancement of mankind
    For the power we wield
    For what does the Earth have
    That we think we can't claim
    For this selfish Reason
    We tear Her and maim.
    And when she kicks back
    What can you say?
    These ugly tectonics
    Are continually at play
    Who is it that runs and hides?
    Who was trapped and who did cry.
    When the Earth must find release
    Then someone will die
    How often it is that I walk in the wood
    Playing my flute
    Expressing the good.
    This Earth has given us all that we need
    When we forget to give thanks
    Then children take heed.

  10. the world does have to shake

    and hearts often break

    when those sweeping winds of change

    turn us upside down.

  11. A great tribute.. and my heart goes to the suffering of people there.. may there be peace ...

    ॐ नमः शिवाय
    Om Namah Shivaya
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  12. You should consider sending this in with a news link to the earthquake to this new web site called poetry 24 see link

  13. I have stood on that street in Christchurch, gazed up at the Cathedral spiral. A tragedy on so many levels. Your poem is a moving tribute, Rene.

  14. Dropping a penny in your cup. Thank you for that.

  15. '...everything we believed to be
    always and iron
    shook loose in minutes..."

    This is a heartfelt work. Well done.

    Poetry24…where news is the Muse

  16. great topic for a poem...a colleague of mine was there on a business trip shortly after the earthquake and he said it was just horrible - he didn't take any photo because he just couldn't bear it

  17. A thoughtful write and I
    love this part;
    "wrinkled brows speak volumes"

    It is a horrible disaster.
    Well said.


  18. Beautifully understated treatment of a subject that lends itself to hyperbole and over-writing.

  19. oh, nicely done! Tight, and the rhythms are spot on.

    (that it works so well with the Magpie image of the jumbled puzzle is a bonus)

  20. Such a tragic event. I'm so glad you have written this.

  21. Indeed. Lovely heartfelt hope for those who are experiencing loss and massive change.

  22. I'm glad you focussed on the NZ earthquake. A salutary lesson that safety is illusory, or fragile.

  23. Loved this- Rene
    despite all the pain beneath

  24. Rene - What a beautiful piece you've written here. To you very last word I am of the same mind.

  25. growing up in california it was always shaking..... there is nothing so unsettling as the ground beneath you swaying and the things around you falling....

  26. Well written piece in honour of a tragedy...

  27. A sad and beautiful piece. Rene, you should submit this to Martin H's new Poetry 24 news related poetry blog.

  28. This was humbling, Rene.. A very thoughtful piece..
    My prayers are with all those people whose lives were shattered due to this incident :(

    A beautiful magpie poem, my friend..

  29. I agree with Tess above. Also love your line at the end. my heart goes out too.

  30. Thanks everyone!
    And Martin's Poetry 24 site only accepts "unpublished" work. That would include something put up on your blog as well.

  31. Wonderful poem. I noticed the touch of hope too, something like HD'a 'inspiration stalks us through gloom'

  32. Nature has her ways... and we need to play by them...
    This was a lovely dedication piece, Rene..
    My prayers are with the people affected by this devastating disaster... I hope their mornings after change for the better.. and soon...

    Thanks for this beautiful and thoughtful magpie, my friend..

  33. Answering the prompt with this profound piece on the tragedy at Christchurch was inspired. Thank you for responding in this way, as it's not only topical, but beautifully, if tragically, stated.

    Amy Barlow Liberatore

  34. That was beautiful.

  35. Nice poem. I especially like 'always and iron.' Have friends in Littleton. They were traveling during the quake and got home two days later to find not much damage. Fortunate as some of their neighbors' homes were demolished. They did find two new rocks in their garden though, shaken loose and rolled down the hill, each one the size of a Buick. Scary stuff.

  36. It takes such a little time to shake the world apart. Well written.


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