When the Earth erupts in flame and fire
I shall stand and burn.
When the Earth is washed with deep flood waters
I shall stand and drown.
When the Earth is shaken to its core,
a trap of stone and rubble,
I shall stand and dance.
When the Earth is cleansed with winds of change,
cyclonic storms that rupture and rend,
I shall stand and breathe.
When all that I have ever known is gone and lost forever,
and only then…
to the flow of Time I shall at last surrender
and still be Me…
** Offered in response to the poetry challenge from Cafe Philos…