Fault Lines | Creative Writing | Seven Days | Vermont's Independent Voice

Seven Days needs your financial support!

Fault Lines 


Published August 30, 2006 at 4:00 a.m.

A coconut never cracked so cleanly

or so quietly as our world

breaking in two. No warning,

no distant rumble intimating a storm;

just a sudden calamity, out of the blue.

Us on opposite sides, poles apart

cut off in mid-sentence,

trying to make some sense

of humdrum, everyday things,

platitudes we hadn't recognized

as disenchantment.

Now we have to make a choice, consider

a momentous unknown leap. We have hindsight

and a second chance to give each other

a second glance (and pray)

for surefootedness finding the way, back

to how and where we first began.


"Fault Lines" appears in Clutching at Straws, Ra Press, 2005.

Got something to say? Send a letter to the editor and we'll publish your feedback in print!

About The Author

David Parkinson


Comments are closed.

Since 2014, Seven Days has allowed readers to comment on all stories posted on our website. While we’ve appreciated the suggestions and insights, the time has come to shut them down — at least temporarily.

While we champion free speech, facts are a matter of life and death during the coronavirus pandemic, and right now Seven Days is prioritizing the production of responsible journalism over moderating online debates between readers.

To criticize, correct or praise our reporting, please send us a letter to the editor. Or send us a tip. We’ll check it out and report the results.

Online comments may return when we have better tech tools for managing them. Thanks for reading.

Keep up with us Seven Days a week!

Sign up for our fun and informative

All content © 2022 Da Capo Publishing, Inc. 255 So. Champlain St. Ste. 5, Burlington, VT 05401

Advertising Policy  |  Privacy Policy  |  Contact Us  |  About Us  |  Help
Website powered by Foundation