by Shikha S. Lamba

I read somewhere the earth is vibrating less.

Could it be that we caused the earth to move and pulse to a beat unnatural?

With our heavy trucks and pleasant long drives 
drilling for black oil to further fuel our desires.

Did we cause vibrations where none were supposed to exist?

The smooth spin of the axis already weighed down with
changing seasons, the skies drier and yet pouring down harder.

So why the surprise when she pushes to reset?

To calm her waves and clean her air 
to build her rain and grow her skin green again.

Why should we be surprised she chose to heal?

The wounds we caused with gaping holes
pounding a thousand revolutions drilling to her core.

Why then should it surprise us when she had us fooled?

As our eyes stayed glued to seismographs and ritcher scales
monitoring, observing, confident in our false security.

 And why should we be surprised when she chose to play fair?

Making us close the very door we built to stay apart,
breathing free at last as we struggle for air.

Shikha S. Lamba is originally from New Delhi India and is currently residing in Hong Kong for the past 15 years. A jewelry designer and gemologist, she runs a small business under the name Shikha S. Lamba Designs. She is also the co-editor at Coffee and Conversations, an online magazine. An avid reader, she loves writing poetry and is passionate about art and photography. She has published numerous articles and poems for various publications in Hong Kong, India and the US. Sally Lelong is a visual storyteller working in a variety of media that lend themselves to use in a conceptual framework. She lives and works in New York, and routinely exhibits her work in a variety of settings from print to thematic installations to street art.