Fear the catastrophe

pandemic threats

heaving tectonic plates, raging

winds, thunderous rains

oceans that rise and spew

shifts in polarity

asteroids searing the sky, aliens

probing, invading, the sun imploding

the universe


the absence of God

but it is the hand at the stick

furious eyes on a distant horizon

that brings it all home.

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Ruth E. Walker's poetry and fiction have been published in anthologies and journals in Canada, the UK and the US. Among other awards, she is a two-time winner of the Dan Sullivan Memorial Poetry competition, and her first fiction submission won the "Canadian Living" magazine short story contest in 1996. Ruth is a founding editor for "LICHEN Arts & Letters Preview", and lives and writes in Whitby, Ontario. She can be contacted at: