Monday, May 02, 2011

Burning Mountain, Shattered Land

Stand on the slope of a burning mountain
with all of your hope held in your hands
Woman whose heart is brighter than fire
Woman whose home is a shattered land

Stand on the shore of a drowning country
while the tsunami swallows the strand
Woman with bones full of stony courage
Woman whose home is a shattered land

Stand at the edge of the reaching desert
watching the wells filling up with sand
Woman who knows all the lessons of hunger
Woman whose home is a shattered land

Stand and wait for the hurricane coming
out of the ocean to your island
Woman as strong as a live-oak forest
Woman whose home is a shattered land

Holding steady while the earth is shaking
Still I see where you make your stand
Woman who carries the seeds of the future
Woman whose home is a shattered land

--image courtesy of Magpie Tales
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Tess Kincaid said...

Powerful. Excellent piece.

Kathe W. said...

excellent- brilliantly written

Kay L. Davies said...

Fabulous. It's all there.
— K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Templeton's fury said...

well done.

Martin H. said...

The undeniable strength of women, portrayed superbly.

honeyhaiku said...


Isabel Doyle said...

I like the way you have woven so many threats and disasters into your work - a fine poem

Jingle said...

perfect wording..
love the read/flow.


Steve Isaak said...

Solid, effective work.

Lydia said...

Spectacular! It has all the deep feeling each human being should have for others struggling in shattered lands (which seem to be growing in number).

Promising Poets Parking Lot said...

Glad to discover your poetry talent,
Share a free verse with us today, bless you.
Keep up the excellence.

divine work.