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When All We Had to Worry About Were Quakes
by James R Musgrave

Wednesday, December 29, 2004
Rated "G" by the Author.
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Here's my connection to the thousands of dead in Asia.

Over 100,000 people are drowned, pummeled to death, or swept away into the ocean.

Snorkelers exchange places with sun bathers, in a twist of fate,

Aquaphobes realize their worst nightmare,

Divers of the deep are saved from certain death,

As the tsunamis have their way with us, feeble humans.


Remember when all we had to worry about were quakes?

When we wandered the land, herding animals, growing plants, praising a higher power?

That was all.  A simple life.  Nature was the queen bitch.  We were her playthings.


People aren’t expecting this.  They’re reading headlines of their papers. 

“We do the killing around here!”  The headlines shout. 

“To hell with the drowned folks in the Third World, who still worship the Bitch.  We can kill more than She can!”

No, we can’t.  Ours is a perfected smart bomb, a roadside outburst, a kid strapped with Hamas explosives, a shaheed, a martyr, and his family is graced with plastic grapevines above their wall, and new appliances in their frail abode. 


This isn’t Nature’s exchange rate.  We never blame the wave for taking our loved one.  We simply look out at the vast lines of bloated bodies, floating in the surf, and sigh, a deep, soul-wrenching and ancient sigh. 



The father of the suicide shaheed is standing next to his new refrigerator, paid for with blood money, and his eyes are vacant, and he no longer goes to work. 

His is the last refuge of our political earthquake, where innocents die because of premeditated revenge and murder.  They are not taken back to a watery grave of the Mother.  Their souls are condemned to repeat the act of explosion, implosion, political schizophrenia, forever and ever, amen.  And we are left with our Environmental Protection Agency and our quakes to shake some sense into us after Christmas.



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Reviewed by Poetess of The Soul Sheila G 3/22/2007
YOU have a Heart of Gold!
*I started tracking you this morning my New found friend!
Thank you for this Gem - I will treasure!

* Your imagery is exquisite, it will be a pleasure to follow/track you lol

Come and Visit me anytime! I hope you heart is touched, as mine is touched by what I found (here)!
Enjoy! Your peaceful day!
Warmly, Warrior Lady Sheeoox
Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 4/19/2006
This morning I was thinking that this was the right time for Mother Poet to reveal to me ~ one of HER literary giants... Navigating through the Cybercosmos I saw a planet named, JAMES R. MUSGRAVE, so I decided to make a stop over to fulfill my curiosity... Eureka, Eureka, EUREKA! Here I am enjoying the beauty and knowledge of this planet ~ DEN ~ and the works of this literary Maverick, Master of REVELATION of the twenty-first century.

I have enjoyed the reading of "When All We Had to Worry About Were Quakes", which nourished my brains’ cells and enriched my intellectual files.

Long Healthy Life to You, Sublime Master JAMES R. MUSGRAVE.

In gratitude and reverent admiration.

Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by Mark Rockeymoore 12/25/2005
hm...some disquieting thoughts, here. but you definitely have a point. compared to nature, our deprivations, human against human, are but petty squabblings.
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 3/11/2005
interesting read
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 2/12/2005
I must be the stupidest man in the universe, but I have no idea what the hell you are rambling on about here.
Reviewed by Linda Roman 1/4/2005
Reviewed by Ch'erie de Perrot 1/4/2005
A most interesting take on the recent wave of terror and destruction.


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