Lady Nimue’s Month-of-the-Year Challenge: Easter Convulses

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Submitted to Lady Nimue’s Months of the Year Challenge for April, 2010

Easter Convulses
April, 2010

For the second time
in my life an earthquake
rattles Easter Sunday.

Can it be the stone
rolled back from the tomb,
the yawning grave?

Or Mother Nature’s witness
to the power of divinity
awakening from sleep?

Perhaps it’s simply the deep sigh
of once-lost souls now freed
from the bowels of suffering.

In April 2010, a 7.2 earthquake rocked the earth in the afternoon of Easter Sunday. The epicenter was just south of the US border with Mexico. We were in Palm Desert, about 100 miles away and it was a mighty jolt. Around 1987 I lived in the San Francisco Bay area and experienced Easter earthquake that year as well.


7 thoughts on “Lady Nimue’s Month-of-the-Year Challenge: Easter Convulses

  1. We were in Sacramento in ’87 and felt the jolt. My son was at SF State in the library and lucky to get out and back home unscathed. My elderly mother was alone in Alameda. We couldn’t get calls through to anyone. Stress!!!! The building I was in in Sac ended up with a large crack in the foundation.

    Wonderful poem. Very evocative and I do love the illustration as well, Victoria.


  2. Nanka says:

    Interesting experience and thank you for sharing!! A 7.2 on the Richter scale is a major earthquake and can cause serious damage over larger areas.

    The Indian Ocean earthquake in 2004 was 9.1- 9.3 in magnitude, can appreciate your lines especially ” the power of divinity awakening from sleep? and “now freed from the bowels of suffering.”

    Loved the way you have worded your poem.

    I do remember an earthquake here too, when I was little, it was ranged as moderate to strong intensity and I know exactly how you must have felt.

    I read that there are only about 18 major quakes happening around the world in a year.

    Thanks for sharing this!!


  3. hope hayduk says:

    can’t imagine what one quake would feel like let alone two.
    you have expressed your thoughts on this very well. wonderful imagery in these verses.
    enjoyed it very much

    thank you
    and thank you for your visit and kind words
    take care


  4. trisha says:

    you truly are awesome, your poetry is so vivid and artistic. i wonder what that quake meant too- it might have been any of them.


  5. ladynimue says:

    You are awesome in recreating facts and memories into your poetry !! Liked you to the page here :

    Happy writing 🙂


  6. Jingle says:

    I was scared of earthquakes when I first heard of it as a child..

    beautiful take.
    Glad to see you write for the challenge several days in a row.


  7. Artswebshow says:

    Wow, definitely a strong entry.
    I like this, i’ve experienced a few earth tremors over the years and they are scary enough


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