Saturday, June 11, 2011

Seven and Eight by Bob Atkinson

"Seven and Eight" 
(c)2007 Bob Atkinson

On the 3rd of May, Seven and Eight
came a change of great import.......

they didn't know it then
few know it now
the ground moved
in a powerful torrent...........

rocking cities from Douglas
to Tucson in the north
and .....Phenix felt it too (spelling is correct).....

there wasn't any doubt
that something happened
in Mexico way far south......

you could feel the ground rumble
you could see the saguaros wave
rocks fell from mountainsides
crashing boulders into caves..........

no one knew its impact
or felt it would affect their times
they gave it little thought
and went on about their lives.........

someone noticed water
seeping into the mines
below the main streets of Tombstone
the town nearly died...........

west of there water sprang
from the ground like a garden pool
giving green to what had been
a brown dust bowl.........

up on the Santa Cruz
the flowing water stopped
farms and fields and forests
the crops were severely parched.......

the San Pedro slowed to a halt
drying farms along its banks
the water that had been there,
till now,
simply vanished.........

you could feel the ground rumble
you could see saguaros wave
rocks fell from mountainsides
crashing boulders into caves........

no one knew its impact
or felt it would affect their times
they gave it little thought
and went on about their lives......


was it meant
for those who came after
to find no reason to stop?
because the land of the Apache
was more than just hot
the fields of grain no longer came
when the rivers were stopped.......

epilogue.......

if in today’s times
we don’t find a way
to bring peace to our valleys
there will be an awful price to pay........

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