“Tsunami” by Jerry Julius


traveling at the speed of sound

pushing a wave of water before its blast front

stacking water higher and higher

the water eating all presented to it


no discrimination in its taste

the watery maw swallowing everything

one gulp after another

chug-a-lug, chug-a-lug


an insatiable appetite

born the child of a deep underwater earthquake

one tectonic plate sliding beneath another

nature’s equivalent of an atomic blast


heralding the demise of a multitude

a war’s casualty list

akin to the Vietnam or the US Civil War

its signature a value of (9 of 10) on the Richter scale


humbling puny humanity