The day began with birds singing.
Children played beneath an awning.
Laughter rippled through the spring air.
Then all ceased without warning.
Bolts of light in the distance.
Violent quakes shook the earth.
Rolling waves of dark clouds came crashing,
engulfing life in its broadened girth.
Terrifying screams go unheard,
muted by the tempestuous blasts.
Where laid a beautiful city
now lay mere remains of its pasts.
A small child, was too frightened to run.
Her quivering lips called for her mother.
No response, only silence.
Frozen in her place, nowhere to take cover.
Tears stained her delicate rosy cheeks,
as her nose began to bleed.
Clueless of what’s happening,
she witnessed the world fall to its knees.
Fires consume the ill-fated city
below the mountain where she’s born.
Screams were heard from burning victims.
Doubtless then, she had been forlorn.
Planes flew furiously overhead
dropping terror onto the people below.
In the vast distance, defense armies gathered
Finding it hard to swallow.
The poisons spread into their lungs.
Every living thing soon perished.
Subdued without prejudice or favoritism.
Inconceivable for life to flourish.
Ashes fell upon her golden lashes,
tainting the life she just began,
and forever demolishing her memories
with the day rapacity conquered man.
— A. Joleigh
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