A Poem — “Indian Ocean Tsunami, Ten Years Later”


He set the earthquake

– 9.3 on the Richter scale –

to hit at precisely 7:59 am.


Triggering a Tsunami

1502 times stronger than the Hiroshima bomb.


Claiming the lives of

exactly 230,508 people

(one third children),

injuring 125,000,

displacing 1.69 million,

leaving 45,752 still missing.


This act’s accuracy

leaves me no choice but to conclude:

it was a sign

of supreme intelligent design.


(Editor’s note: poet Shai Ben-Shalom, an Israeli-born biologist, examines current events in the Blacklock’s tradition each and every Sunday)

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