Single people,

measuring tremors

of the heart,

measuring pain,

using sonar,

measuring the depths

of rifts,

romantic chasms,

breakups of Earth’s crusts

breakups of the heart,

colliding plates,

crashing into pieces,

creating mountains

around tender wounds,

wounds in the Earth,

wounds in the heart,

3.5 on somebody’s scale,

lava rising, bubbling

like tempers,

tidal waves,

gush of saltwater


It’s all circular,

cycles repeating

over and over,

the same motif


drowning victims

in the floods,

lost souls

among rifts and valleys

formed by tremors,


measured by seismologists,

kept track of by single people.

2016 copyright by Katie Pifer



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