Thursday, 25 August 2016


Man thinks he knows what he's about
The wisest race the world has known
But Nature really has more clout
When she rumbles, he is thrown

In literal terms back to Square One
As pressure points deep in the earth
Cause tremors that break loose and run
His certainties are nothing worth!

No warning in dark hours of night
When villages are fast asleep
The earthquake hits with all its might
Old buildings crumble in a heap.

From sleep to death at just one stroke
Umbria mourns its mounting dead
Night hides disaster like a cloak
By dawn the aftershocks have spread.

Stone villages in ruins lie
The Quake has put them in the news
So very unprepared to die
As cruel Nature leaves no clues …

Someone remarks that on this day
24th of August – long ago
Vesuvius destroyed Pompei*
In a pyroclastic lava flow...

(c) Poet in the woods 2016

* in 79 A.D.

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