the quake

the quake,
which was the highest measure by the Richter scale
which devastated all the houses
which crushed thousands upon thousands under concrete and steel;

children screamed
they were no match
flesh exploded
and rotted
the smell of urine and feces permeated the dead
and the last of the living.

somewhere, in a distant land,
a brief shiver was felt,
and some did not notice it at all.