[Tropical Storm Washi/Sendong hit the Philippines on December 16, 2011 killing more than a thousand in its wake.]
an innocent prelude –
indiscriminating rain falling
on shoulders, heads, toes, spirits.
angering stream and river gods,
death wearing dark cloak of water,
floods, broiling torrents.
we prayed to forces, chances,
and unseen anitos
lying on piles of dried bones.
how inconsistent the force of this creation
how both terrifyingly beautiful and gruesome
the roiling of waves and mud carrying
logs, debris, fathers, mothers,
sisters and brothers embraced
in the sinister cloak of death.