Words Aren’t Enough

This is not the time–
Action, determined, swift, magnificent
Must match the malevolent moment of earth’s uprising.
Lord, O Lord! or Captain Sparrow, calm the turbulent tides
Settle earth’s rifting crust
Diffuse the energies of broken shadows
Teach us how to help one another.
Stop the talking for just a moment more
to listen for the missing child,
the wanted father, the longed for friend
now awash in icy seas or buried beneath
piles of Neptune’s wrath.

Do not say another word–
Act to save another’s hurt
Find a path to reach the injured
Find a path to head back home.


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