When The Sky Turned Red, poetry by Ndaba Sibanda at Spillwords.com
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When The Sky Turned Red

When The Sky Turned Red

written by: Ndaba Sibanda



It ignited anxiety and alarm.
The sky turned into a red ether
as torrents and torrents of lava
gushed from Mount Nyuragongo.
As if it had been waiting for darkness
to creep in, lava spilled, spiraled and
shattered people’s precious possessions.

The volcano eruption left a trail of devastation
and distress as homes were damaged, lives lost.
In the wake of the adversity, the evacuees wondered
about the whereabouts of their kids, relatives and friends.
As luck would have it, some reunited with their loved ones.
The displaced victims needed shelter, water and basic food,
not forgetting sanitation amenities and information and news.

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