CATASTROPHE

CATASTROPHE

A Poem by Jo Anna Bella

 

Could there be…are there any survivors?

Must target the roving bands of liars, thieves, loiterers.

What phenomenon garnered such abject devastation?

What ungodly creature dismembered God’s own creation?

 

Ravenous rivers raging, onerous oceans oscillating,

malicious mountains moving, dangerous dams deteriorating.

Stalwart walls crumbling, bruised lips swollen,

tired eyes blackened, ardent spirits broken.

 

Who can survive this?  If only

I had another wish….even if the damage weren’t enough,

There’s disease now, there’s hunger –

everything is blessed with a curse!

 

Catastrophe - hurricane, typhoon, hardened lava,

tornado, gale force winds, tsunami, flooded areas,

Nauseous pillars, clouds of smoke,

frozen terrain; dying memories, crippled hope.

 

Heartwarming homes once stock full of love

stuck beneath acres of grudging mud.

Cherished temples honoring gifts from above,

floating; splintered in the muck of the flood.

 

Collapsing lungs, choked off by reeking fumes.

Battered arms, hustling to earth/unearth tombs.

Rescue squads lost, wandering aimlessly without a clue.

Hangers-on; praying, grieving, expecting whom?

 

One day Troy, the Philippines, Louisiana, Mt. Vesuvius,China

one day, Montserrat, the Virgin Islands, Florida, Honduras, Burma.

Entrapment,  middle passage,  slavery,

confinement,  loss lineage….*HUMANITY!*

 

How do I start over?

Is there enough fresh water to cleanse my wounds?

Where do I start, to put it all back together?

Who is this eternal name, throughout the ages, called Noah?

 

Catastrophe.  What a coy, sensuous term

to express how our lives have been overturned.

What discipline, what inlay of strategy/ systems

will rescue me from the land of the condemned?

 

So like the life spent loving him,

So like the hurricane thrashed the light within.

So like the flood wrestled with the wind,

So like the tornado triumphs in sin.

So like the avalanche crushed my heart,

So like the volcano burned away every spark.

So like the typhoon ripped my vessel apart,

So like he scurried away so my demise could start.

 

Catastrophe.

So much loss, untold misery, forever agony…

All because  - I choseto love somebody.

How did the world turn on me?

 

© 2008 Jo Anna Bella


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WOW.. this is such a great peice and you used nature in a very skillful way to reveal what is going deep inside you.. to tell you the truth i can really relate with you.. I know that it may seem that when you Love someone and that person leaves you the world crashes in front of your eyes and all the "Catastrophes" will happen one after the other and you will live in agony and misery.. but you know what i discovered or well im discovering right now in my life.. the world goes on and life continues.. you may still have a special place in your heart for this person but holding on to a person who left you is like holding on a rope that is cut at the other end.. so live life day by day.. and fill your day with lots of diffrent things to keep your mind off this matter.. and wish you all the best in finding the right potion to heal your wounded heart..

Posted 13 Years Ago


2 of 2 people found this review constructive.




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love the way u muse words with emotions passion conviction,
what a Stella of a write,,peace wizthom

Posted 13 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

So very powerful and the horror of the environment made me shudder and feeling shocked. Great imagery and a fantastic poem. A great vocabulary to enable a wonderful voice. HUGSxxxxAnne

Posted 13 Years Ago


2 of 2 people found this review constructive.

I this piece.. I like the end. Could the ending question be about the fact that others blame you for the catastrophe, because of the person that you love, that the deemed "sinful"? If not, then sorry. It was still a great read.

Posted 13 Years Ago


2 of 2 people found this review constructive.

WOW.. this is such a great peice and you used nature in a very skillful way to reveal what is going deep inside you.. to tell you the truth i can really relate with you.. I know that it may seem that when you Love someone and that person leaves you the world crashes in front of your eyes and all the "Catastrophes" will happen one after the other and you will live in agony and misery.. but you know what i discovered or well im discovering right now in my life.. the world goes on and life continues.. you may still have a special place in your heart for this person but holding on to a person who left you is like holding on a rope that is cut at the other end.. so live life day by day.. and fill your day with lots of diffrent things to keep your mind off this matter.. and wish you all the best in finding the right potion to heal your wounded heart..

Posted 13 Years Ago


2 of 2 people found this review constructive.


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