by GLORIA GRACE BSE, MA (U.P.), Ph.D.
Earthquakes create human panic and numerous horrors
Nothing is left, except damaged, unlivable structures
Everything stood remain in dangerous angles
Quivers of 7.2 magnitude leave homes in mangles.
Bohol and Cebu have now defaced Chocolate Hills and toppled churches
Century-old legacy buildings lie on the path of fault lines
Cracked roads, deep ravines emerge after the quakes
Everywhere is rubble, debris, and shattered lives in ruins.
Food, water, medical supplies and shelter are what the victims need
Danger zones are in wait for Samaritans to extend aid
Children cling to mothers for immediate feed
Charitable organizations are weary and in a hurry to save.
On the other hand, typhoon Yolanda number 4 arrives in stormy fury
Hitting Tacloban and Samar in deadly cruelty
Swaying broken trees, destroyed electric poles and
flattened homes are in the path of anguished misery
Fleeing people barely escape any injury.
Homes lost, abandoned in hurried wake and heartache
Memorable possessions, everything is left, nothing to take
Devastated, inconsolable families watch in agony
As strong winds and furious sea waves toss anything on the way.
Rain fuel the rampaging cruel, roaring typhoon
Out of control, the category 4 storm goes berserk
Nothing is spared, everything is devoured so soon
From space, the astronauts watch the scenario and it makes them shirk.
Overseas Filipinos watch the news and their hearts bleed
Anything to send to the victims must arrive fast for their need
For it is better to give than to receive
As help to the needy pleases God who may perceive.