The Downside to an Earthquake                          

            The rumble begins
            You wonder just how long it will go on
            Before the walls start swaying and
            A carelessly placed book falls off a shelf
            For the life of you
            You can’t remember whether you should
            Hide under a table or head for the hills
            So you’re stuck in your tracks
            Shaking with the thought
            That survival’s more important
            Than, say, writing poems
            Until you come back to your senses
            When it stops
            That is,
            If you have any senses left


            Emanuel E. García, Sinking In, One Hundred Poems2013