Tuesday Poem – Ararat

Mass movements form landslide dams
water-logged debris from days of downpour
soil slumps, slides, trees fall to rolling logs.

Mud and earth backed-up to bursting
silty avalanche betrays stacked sand-bags
a saturated story of shifting dirt.

Deluge persists after deluges cease
no need to read the residue
of forests strewn like tealeaves on lawn.

Priorities rise to higher ground
drained and piled the softened land
moulded by unearthly hands.

© Saradha Koirala 2012

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