Earthquake, 5 A.M.

Temblor wakes me with a kiss.
On the other side of the wall,
a whirring of water.
I open thin blinds to calla lilies,
belladonna, the garden of early
morning light.

After the earthquake
the neighborhood dogs howl,
then a silence
that wraps the morning.




About the Poet:
Diane Frank is author of Swan Light, Entering the Word Temple, and The Winter Life of Shooting Stars. Her friends describe her as a harem of seven women in one very small body. She lives in San Francisco, where she dances, plays cello, and creates her life as an art form. She teaches at San Francisco State University and Dominican University.  Blackberries in the Dream House, her first novel, won the Chelson Award for Fiction and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.  She is editor of the bestselling anthology, River of Earth and Sky: Poems for the 21st Century.


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