“Ten Thousand”







Ten thousand trees uprooted
from the earth, that I can imagine.
Ten thousand houses blown away
and swept by the wind, I can
grasp that, too. Ten thousand
cars flushed down streets and highways
by raging waters, like toys, that, also.
But ten thousand human beings?
Fathers, mothers, sons and daughters,
lolos, lolas, toddlers and babies?
Minds, hearts, souls and members,
Dreams, hopes, fears and tears?
All swallowed up by the raging water
and relentless rain? How, how does one
wrap one’s head around such horror?


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