Only a poetic exercise.

Eating Silence


Earthquake screams & jumps off the high windows—
shaking nightstands, wastebaskets, coffee mugs;
books shriek and fly off the shelves, explode, scatter all over,
brass buttons pop out like popcorn,
buildings flop, their bodies creaking in an inescapable rhythm
afterward, we are left—eating silence.

Poetry by Bibek The PoetBay support member heart!
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Written on 2021-05-07 at 17:11

Tags Earthquake  Silence  Sestet 

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dott Print text Moods The PoetBay support member heart!
Wow! (saying wow as an exclamation not a surprise) :) ... Your words create a very powerful ambiance. The last line makes that unnerving feeling that's left after such an event soar. The chaos followed by dead silence is extremely well depicted. Superb writing, and always a pleasure to read, thanks.

PS: Are eathquakes frequent where you live? Not so much where I live. I think I've only 'experienced' one in my life, but it was such a light and brief event that when it happened I missed it lol

Coo & Co The PoetBay support member heart!
Oo-noo! Coo is alarmed and rushes into the poem to start tidying up. We appreciate all of this, particularly the sounds and the overall drama, followed by the sudden silence :>)

Lawrence Beck The PoetBay support member heart!
This is a fine portrayal of an earthquake and its aftermath. When I lived on the US west coast, I experienced some big ones.

This is such a powerful work!!!!Such a good read and so profound use of words!!!Bravo!!!