Yesterday the earth rocked,
needles driven into its core
an agony spreading out
piercing the numbness
enveloping the world

So this is how it feels
at the centre of pain
radiating agony
permeating every sinew

It is impossible to breathe
a thousand heartquakes
tearing you apart
till you want to plunge
a trembling hand inside
rip out the pulsating organ
squeeze as the hurt drips
into the ground
until the beating stops

Then, when the life
bleeds out of you,
perhaps, you can
continue to exist
To live again demands
more than you can give
For it will take death
to stop the ache

© 2017 Uma Venkatraman ~ All Rights Reserved

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