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Ground Zero

by Chris Sorrenti

there’s a vision in my mind
that plays - rewinds - then plays again -
shock waves from a bomb blast sweeping outward
yet instead of mass destruction
a stone of hope tossed into the pool of the world
all the madness blown away
debt and inequality eliminated
leaving in their wake a new construction
feeding exponentially - metamorphosing -
till the pool become solid enough
to launch new stones of hope at the stars

 photo groundzeroRED.jpg

© 1998
Photo © Lobsterclaw

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Posted on 01/27/2008
Copyright © 2021 Chris Sorrenti

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Morgan D Hafele on 01/27/08 at 05:15 AM

this just feels good!

Posted by Gabriel Ricard on 01/27/08 at 05:23 AM

Yeah, this made me smile. No easy feat.

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 01/27/08 at 05:24 AM

Thanks, I needed this today. "feeding exponentially" - yes!

Posted by Kathleen Wilson on 01/27/08 at 07:16 AM

A fascinating vision and poetic pebble thrown into the pool. As if ripples have solidified to sand.. and yet the self drawn spiral swirls still... in the center... fortune cookie-like, shell with pearl aglow... hope for regenerative wonder that follows after. Yes.

Posted by Coleman Demiurge on 01/27/08 at 08:12 AM

A beauty indeed, and slightly anarchistic too if one's mind is slightly in the wrong place (which mine is perpetually); nevertheless, it makes sense in any sense, in a senseless world... Excellent work, as usual. ;)

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 01/27/08 at 04:43 PM

I also noted this was written in 1998, a few years before another Ground Zero event. I'm happy to have two references in my mind now for those words, and hopefully yours will be the more enduring.

Posted by A. Paige White on 01/27/08 at 04:54 PM

A round hero for which I'm cheering your ground zero here...oh yes. Great writing. You speak to the hopes in the heart of us all, I think. The picture is a spectacular finish that adds another dimension to the words.

Posted by George Hoerner on 01/27/08 at 09:09 PM

Very nicely done. I have thought for years that maybe what the world needs is some kind of "blast" or natural disaster that would bring about the understanding that we "all" either live together or die together. Great write!

Posted by Quentin S Clingerman on 01/28/08 at 01:18 AM

Perhaps an analogy for Christ's appearing to bring order out of the world's chaos! Fascinating poem/picture.

Posted by Bruce W Niedt on 01/30/08 at 02:33 AM

I read this just after reading the news article about the spy satellite that's about to crash to Earth - possibly somewhere in North America - so that's the first association I made as I entered the poem. I came out a different way. You've outdone yourself, Chris - this is a very inspiring and metaphysical piece. Nice photo, too! d:-)

Posted by Ken Harnisch on 01/31/08 at 10:24 PM

A stunning we can only hope derivation, Chris...oh that it could be so!

Posted by Laura Doom on 02/01/08 at 12:18 AM

Yeh - that's a bombshell I'd like to see dropped...maybe when the applause has stopped, we can all join hands...here's to hope Chris :>

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