Quake


Photo: 10 Best--An Itinerary for viewing the San Andreas Fault

Photo: 10Best.com–An Itinerary for viewing the San Andreas Fault

Quake

Now and again
the earth desires rest.
Sap withdraws.
Roots reach slender fingers
into her deep soil,
drink slowly of her nourishment—
according to her plan.

But then, today she shivers,
sends waves of movement
through her old body,
surprises those of us
who seek assurance,
stability.

Written for Sanaa Rizvi’s Prompt Night where we are considering “Spontaneous or Not.”

I can look out the window and see the San Andreas Fault and last Wednesday we had an early morning 4.8 temblor. The earth has her plans but also her surprises. She is both predictable and unpredictable, like we are. The photo is of a sign for tourists wanting to view the fault line.

 

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14 thoughts on “Quake

  1. So true this is! Very well written 🙂

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  2. sreejaharikrishnan says:

    Quite a unique one….great!

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  3. Audrey says:

    What a beautiful write Victoria–esp the first stanza–

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  4. Vinay Leo R. says:

    That shiver sends shivers through us, because we never expect them. Nice take on spontaneity. 🙂

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  5. I remember the old CB term for Calif – Shake and Bake… lived there briefly and was so scared of earthquakes.

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  6. Mary says:

    Nature cannot help but be spontaneous! We humans have to be prepared!

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  7. What an interesting wake up… I so like the thought of earth as a shivering old body.. The only time I’ve been in an earthquake (quite a small one) i slept right through it….

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  8. Beautifully expressed, but I would rather view San Andreas from a safe distanc!

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  9. Candy says:

    love your description of that earthquake!

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  10. Bodhirose says:

    I just would so not like that! I imagine you’re used to feeling those “shivers” now and then, Victoria, like my brother who lives in California.

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  11. Our dear Mother Nature can be rather spontaneous, indeed… and more these days.

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  12. Sanaa Rizvi says:

    This is soo beautiful! No doubt that earth can be unpredictable at times. Especially love these lines:

    Roots reach slender fingers
    into her deep soil,
    drink slowly of her nourishment—
    according to her plan.

    Beautifully executed! Thanks for your kind participation 🙂
    Lots of love,
    Sanaa

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