The Continental Quake

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It started out as such a pleasant day,

There were ordinary people moving in their ordinary way.

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No one could have known,

About the disaster potential that had grown.

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The earth there had long since ceased to move.

The world had forgotten that continental groove.

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As the time passed, the pressure grew.

But no one cared because no one knew.

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Some say it wouldn't have mattered.

All across the continent, buildings did shatter.

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The people felt the ground begin shake,

As the Earth itself began to quake.

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Later when the quake did finish,

The signs of the danger began to diminish.

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Many lives were lost swiftly that day,

Others were trapped between the ruin and decay.

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All hope for the trapped was soon forgot,

When they felt the aftershock…..