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Sept 21

             for Mexico City after earthquake, 1985

It's almost total dark tonight, before 
a moon in our Green Valley. No buildings
collapsed. I'm just walking my dog—

and I'm back there. Storefront spilling
shattered glass can't glitter in so little light.
Streetlamps out. Department store.

I aim a flash-beam—human figure
sprawled inside the door. How can my dog 
just step over it, and move on? But it's 

only a mannequin, high-heels 
scattered among beads. We’re searching
for a survivor among so many 

dead. 26 years later, I'm still trying to fix
the image, to find words. Crawl 
out of the ruins with someone alive.

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  1. Date: 9/21/2011 4:40:00 PM
    Ges....what an incident...thank God you got past it

  1. Date: 9/21/2011 4:32:00 PM
    That would have been a tragic event to have experienced first hand..Maybe writing about it will help put some of the emotion of the event behind...I find that writing about things helps me to deal with them better...Enjoyed your creative work but saddened that you experienced the heartache...Sara