Poets Corner: The Day the Earth Moved


The Day Earth Moved

It was the day after Christmas

when Earth’s mighty shoulders

shrugged together

to transform time

Lifting a big wave

no matter the name

shifting weight hidden


Indian Ocean

Beaches Asian and African

filled with children

people relaxing and playing

caressed by sun

Too late for too many

came the warning cry

as water’s heavy hands


onto balmy white sands

What call of destiny

placed that fateful day

hundreds of thousands

in harm’s way

William Waterway

William Waterway of Edgartown has been a poet since youth. He has won several national poetry awards and given readings before local, regional, and international audiences.

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