The Quaking Earth: A Villanelle

When the quakes and winds rage, do not fret.
Our homes and towns are safe and stable.
Be strong, my dear; we’re not destroyed yet.
 
The gate is locked, there is no threat.
The baby’s safe within its cradle;
When the quakes and winds rage, do not fret.
 
It will pass and we’ll have fun, I bet!
Dance and sing while you are able…
Be strong, my dear; we’re not destroyed yet.
 
The storm is as strong as it will get;
(The Bureau just sent me a promising cable.)
When the quakes and winds rage, do not fret.
 
We are insured, we’re safe, we’re set.
(They say the situation is stable.)
Be strong, my dear; we’re not destroyed yet.
 
These aren’t the worst times we have met;
We can still run, we are still able.
When the quakes and winds rage, do not fret.
Be strong, my dear; we’re not destroyed yet.

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