Quake

QUAKE

the mountain roars
bringing death

mountain at the top of the world
piercing sky

a deep shaking of land and buildings
that seem built upon sand

temples stagger
like American black men shot
by police

and cracks appear
in the streets

April, always April
like a covenant signed
in blood

pack whatever heat you think
you need

earth and mountain thundering
torrents of ice and stone

make people made
smaller than ants
wash away

this is how the world works, son

bow your head,
and pray

—William Skink

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