Cathedral Square

After viewing a documentary on the fourth anniversary of 
the Christchurch earthquake on 22 February 2011
at 12.51 pm local time.

Cathedral Square
city business district.
Crowds flowing out of  buildings,
waves of people ebbing and flowing
from crashing masonry
into the centre of the square,
injured and bloody,
talking and crying,
supporting each other.

No traffic, roads are
buckled, sunken, cracked.
No police or ambulances,
phone systems not working.
Giant jagged slabs of masonry
crash down from buildings
from the cathedral in clouds of dust,
deafening, shattering.
The cathedral’s stone steeple
slams to the ground
rocking the square yet again.

No one comes to aid
the wounded in the square.
Their cries and groans
go unheeded in the midst
of collapsing walls and roofs
while they huddle in the centre
away from the heaving earth’s
demolition around them.

Originally posted 11 December 2015.

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Cathedral Square

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