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Pulse Music

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I really thought the building was going to fall.
We’ve seen fish in parts of the kitchen.
People started yelling “Shark!”
None of us even stirred.
None of us even tried to step outside.

I’m not afraid of dying, no.
Seeing these things changed
my vision of the world quite a bit.
Because we don’t know
if they were lost or stolen.
We know only that they have been found.

When police arrived,
there was glass falling everywhere.
I could barely stand up.
The priority at this moment
is rescuing people who are still trapped.

Whoever isn’t helping, leave.
What’s she going to do?
She’s listening to breathing;
she’s listening to life.
We all want to hear that sound
over and over and over.


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Mexico Earthquake Kills Hundreds, Trapping Many Under Rubble [New York Times]

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At Least 42 People Killed As Powerful Earthquake Convulses Central Mexico [NPR]


Howie Good, a journalism professor at SUNY New Paltz, is the author of The Loser’s Guide to Street Fighting, winner of the 2017 Lorien Prize for Poetry from Thoughtcrime Press.