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Poet Colleen Hannah

LIVING LIFE IN A SUBDUCTION ZONE

Forced down and shifting sideways
Living life in a subduction zone
The mantle’s quaking dust has flown
The clock stopped counting time is done

Living life in a subduction zone
And it’s heave ho and away we go
Clock stopped counting time is done
I wait in line for cracks to form

And it’s heave ho and away we go
The love wave starts its surface hum
I wait in line for cracks to form
Dig my fissure root within

The love wave starts its surface hum
It is all or nothing stick the pin
Dig my fissure—root within
Clinging deep the earth gives in

Forced down and shifting sideways
Living life in a subduction zone
And it’s heave ho and away we go
The love wave starts its surface hum…

Colleen Hannah, @1RoguePoet http://www.vancouverislandpsychosis.wordpress.com lives on Vancouver Island, right next door to the Cascadia Subduction Zone. She wrote me, “Knowing an earthquake like Japan’s could happen here as well, I wrote my poem keeping in mind how fragile we are not only in body but in love and life as well, I hope it will help in some small way.”

She adds, “This is a pantoum with parataxis ending in invented form. The invented form consists of changing traditional ending to using first lines of the first 4 stanzas, in a five stanza pantoum, as the last 4 lines of last stanza.” Here’s her traditional ending to the poem:

TRADITIONAL ENDING

It is all or nothing time to win
The mantle’s quaking dust has flown
Clinging deep the earth gives in
Forced down and shifting sideways

___________________________________

JAPAN

There is a day when waking
we shed our swings of innocence
picking up the tools
of promise
we work to change the world.

________________________________________

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3 thoughts on “Poet Colleen Hannah

  1. Just wanted to thank Heather for including me in this relief effort, she is doing a great thing and I never thought I would be able to use my poetry to help others in this way, in a tangible way, and I am honoured.

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  2. Heather that was outstanding. I was very moved my this. I too would like to contribute to Poets for Tsunami. How do I do this?

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