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LIVING LIFE IN A SUBDUCTION ZONE

FORCED DOWN AND SHIFTING SIDEWAYS

LIVING LIFE IN A SUBDUCTION ZONE

THE MANTLE’S QUAKING DUST HAS FLOWN

THE CLOCK’S STOPPING COUNTING TIME IS DONE


LIVING LIFE IN A SUBDUCTION ZONE

AND IT’S HEAVE HO AND A WAY WE GO

CLOCK STOPPED COUNTING TIME IS DONE

I WAIT IN LINE FOR CRACKS TO FORM


AND IT’S HEAVE HO AND A WAY WE GO

THE LOVE WAVE STARTS IT’S SURFACE HUM

I WAIT IN LINE FOR CRACKS TO FORM

DIG MY FISSURE      ROOT WITHIN


THE LOVE WAVE STARTS IT’S SURFACE HUM

IT IS ALL OR NOTHING STICK THE PIN

DIG MY FISSURE     ROOT WITH IN

CLINGING DEEP THE EARTH GIVES IN


FORCED DOWN AND SHIFTING SIDEWAYS

LIVING LIFE IN A SUBDUCTION ZONE

AND IT’S HEAVE HO AND AWAY WE GO

THE LOVE WAVE STARTS IT’S SURFACE HUM…


Colleen Hannah- Written because- I live on Vancouver Island, and therefore am “Living Life in a Subduction Zone.” I wrote this awhile ago, but pulled it out and started working on it again, surprisingly less than twenty-four hours before the devastating earthquake in Japan. This poem not only deals with the fragility of life on the edge of a subduction zone, but also the fragility in life and love.

Things you might like to know- Love wave, surface hum are both earthquake terminologies, also sticking the pin is an old earthquake term.

This is a five stanza pantoum with parataxis,ending in an invented form last stanza the fifth and final stanza I changed by using the first lines of the first four stanza as the lines for the last stanza instead of the traditional ending below.

TRADITIONAL ENDING

IT IS ALL OR NOTHING STICK THE PIN

THE MANTLE’S QUAKING DUST HAS FLOWN

CLINGING DEEP THE EARTH GIVES IN

FORCED DOWN AND SHIFTING SIDEWAYS

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About vancouverislandpsychosis

I am just an island girl, literally and at heart. The ocean's edge is where I find what I lost during the year, usually that is my brain. I am a fan of laughter and anyone who can laugh at his or herself. I myself need laughter to live, and of course a beach nearby.

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