the work of a devil

the eyes of the devil

watch over thee

battling the hell of

Mount Merapi

volcano erupts

belts out angry black gas

burning red lava

and pale white ash

weighted down branches

majestic white frost

laces the palm trees

of a paradise lost

desolate streets

blanket of soot

villagers abandonment

exodus on foot

famers returning

to save powdered crops

military rescues

are ordered to stop.

masked covered marchers

the coffin parade

soldiers have fallen

and the memories fade

refugees rummage

through debris and soot

search for necessities

treasure and loot

mannequin livestock

frozen in sand

reaching for God from

the rubble a hand

Motherless children

lay hungry and wait

death’s at the door

to seal their fate.

the eyes of the devil

watch over thee

battling the hell of

Mount Merapi

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