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Out of the Frying Pan

by Lionel E. Deimel


Plates shift

Earth shakes

Oceans move


Quaking lasts

Roads crack

Shelves empty


Earth stills

Breathing returns

Life resumes


Sirens blare

Some flee

Some stay


Waves arrive

Cars float

Buildings crumble


Power fails

Cooling stops

Fears surge



“And into the Fire” could be the rest of the title of this poem, written 3/16/2011. Japan was hit by a massive earthquake five days earlier. The earthquake was strong, but Japan survived it with relatively little damage. The tsunami that followed, however, was devastating. As if this wasn’t enough, power was lost at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, which began a cascade of events that threatens yet another—and possibly more serious—disaster.

I decided that I would call this poem complete, even though the nuclear plant has experienced explosions, fires, and release of radiation, remaining a threat of unknown magnitude.

— LED, 3/16/2011

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