Fable with Omens and Hazard Map
Oklahoma deemed earthquake country as manmade tremors increase.
—Reuters, April 23, 2015
In tales, a single raven sends regards while poised or preening on a roof, but our flocks of seismographs bring no better luck—the hazard map’s a dreamland of super-dives where regulars run up a tab for rounds of bargain beer to toast induced seismicity. Clocks stop, you dream of muddy water, an owl flies at noon. What we can say with certainty is that gastronomy’s ground-shaking, delivered to temperate anterooms in decent intervals. The wait’s not bad with real-time feed, a chilled Campari, the fore-and after- shocks. Oil-dressed ripe spring greens suggest links between injection wells, specific faults—for counterpoint, there’s fresh & funky shake-out drills. Your glass holds the moon’s reflection, three butterflies crest a single bloom, a rabbit runs across your path. Doppelgängers enter damage data—it helps to have the felt response. When dogs begin to howl at an open door, secure your space & hold on until the shaking stops.