Skyquake Sonnet

Sean Lynch

Sometimes I think the sound of an airplane

is the sound of a stray ICBM.

You know the high-pitched scream a jet creates

when it slows too fast at low altitude.

Other times I'm suddenly horrified

by long loud rumbles that seem to come from

everywhere, like the big crunch is calling

and the whole universe starts to collapse.

Skyquake is the name. The sound's cause unknown.

Maybe a coronal mass ejection 

of capitalism. All the machines

which emit energy we're unaware

of will be our reckoning. And slow death

will be cast aside for the more urgent.