Not By Land

Now the shrieking gale
force winds have eased
now the swirling peaks of
mountainous seas have
dropped, imprisoned travellers
gradually leave the seaside
town immured within
its vast rocky landslides.

Helicopters lift off from
sports fields with groups
from long straggling queues
flying to the city down south.

Naval ships anchor out at
sea beyond the perilously
raised rocky seabed.
Small shallow draft boats
ferry food water portaloos
to shore, ferry travellers
back to fill up ships’ cargo
holds for the journey
to the city down south.

Tears flow of exhaustion fear
sleeplessness anxiety, yet
thankful to leave the constant
aftershocks, the shortages,
relieved to travel to a city
where life flows on in its
accustomed routines.

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Not By Land

6 thoughts on “Not By Land

    1. Thank you. We get only the occasional mild shake here north of Wellington, but there are still aftershocks in Wellington and the east coast of the South Island north of Christchurch. They are having a tough time. thank you for your kind thoughts.

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