No Turning Back

The earth cracked in Nepal

  with fire and shame

 

And thousands lay dead

  on the mountains and plains

 

Its crust was ripped open

  its heart now exposed

 

And lives were then claimed

  from a heaven deposed 

 

The story for mystics

  a legend say some

 

The day nature demanded

   for things that we’d done

 

Her climate infected

  her sky ringed in black

 

Our future as payment

   —with no turning back

 

(Villanova Pennsylvania: April, 2015)

 

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