SOUTH CHINA SEA (June 13, 2015) Lightning strikes the water as San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23) navigates between storms. The Essex Amphibious Ready Group is currently operating in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Liam Kennedy/Released)

Terra

by Deshaun Johnson

I can sharpen a blade
along the teeth
that line
the jaws of this world

The vice grip of its
clenched jaws
crack
and shift
tectonic plates

Halitosis,
The smell of death
Hangs on the gums

The tongue is quenched
By tainted waters,
regurgitating oceans

I’m careful not to fall in the throat
I hear it swallows the feeble…