December 21st, the day,

In 2012 the Earth did say,

"My lithosphere's got hell to pay,"

And launched its plates into the fray.


Mountain chains began to lift,

Far widened were divergent rifts,

Into seas fell mighty cliffs,

While lava flowed like Vulcan myth.


And yet the mighty Earth remained,

It endured its throes of pain.

Mantle and cores would thus refrain,

From shattering Earth's surface frame.


But what of the biosphere,

The realm that Earth-life held so dear?

Perhaps they too had faced their fears,

But their words feel deaf upon Earth's ears.