What is actually going on?

Hello everyone!

I got back to my apartment now with my mom. We spent the morning and had lunch at my sisters because we were scared to be in our building due to the earthquake I wrote to you about in the morning.

There have been some reports about it in English as well:

I do not have the words to describe what is going on. I understand the situation, I know that most of our hospitals are damaged, children in incubators were transported by our military and people lost their homes. Some of them won’t be able to return to their apartments because its unsafe. During the earthquake people ran to the streets and we broke a lot of rules about social distancing due to the Coronavirus and this earthquake made the outbreak even worse.

I know that we are giving our best to provide for the families in need now and to safely transport people to hospitals which weren’t damaged. People also brought blankets to patients who were evacuated from hospitals and meals were being given out to people who had to wait out in the cold. My city was affected by the earthquake but not as much as Zagreb and my heart goes out to all of the families suffering the consequences of this terrible earthquake.

And I still have no words. Just two weeks ago my biggest concern was my job, the guy I was dating a few weeks ago, I also had a night out with my work crew. I actually had the option of going to the store whenever needed and now all of the sudden the streets are empty, cops are patrolling, an earthquake happened and I just do not know what to say. Do you ever have the feeling like you are just observing things that are happening to you and in your surroundings but as if you are just not living through it. It’s very hard for me to explain this state I am in but it did help me today. I didn’t panic, I have been very calm most of the day. I had to hold back my tears seeing mothers with newborns standing in front of the hospital and babies in incubators being transported by the military. This is a very difficult time for our country and for our capital.

I just wanted to check in, let you know that I am okay and that Zagreb is pushing through this. We are fighting this, we are defending ourselves from Corona and we are not giving up! Thank you all for the kind comments and wishes!

Please stay safe, wash your hands and practice social distancing.

Sending love and positive vibes,

Zagreb earthquake

I was woken up today by an earthquake 5.4 magnitude. My building, bed – everything was shaking. I just heard my mother scream out my name. Building in Zagreb are destroyed, hospitals are damaged and during the Coronavirus outbreak people had to go outside because it wasn’t safe inside.

One child was injured during the earthquake inside of the hospital and doctors are fighting for his life. Mothers and newborns are being evacuated, wrapped only in blankets and mothers that should give birth are being placed inside of cars and they will deliver the children in cars.

I have no words. I just don’t know what to say. We are still waiting for updates.
Croatia ❤️


Hello everyone!

I didn’t think I would ever do this type of post, but I think it was necessary. Just to point out at the beginning, I do not have Corona but my heart and prayers go out to everyone that is currently ill, in a hospital or in quarantine.

Croatia has been affected by the virus and it is spreading but the condition is not as bad and as devastating as in Italy. Our government is already agreeing to closing schools and kindergartens but we do have some issues with closing our borders because we import a lot of our food from other countries, Italy included.

I am not a doctor and do not have any expertise in this area, but please if your country or city have been affected by the virus, try your best to stay inside as much as possible and to wash your hands as often as you can. You can also buy sanitizers which are pocket size and carry them around in your purse or jacket. Please, follow the guidelines that your government has issued regarding your health and protection from the virus.

If you have a car, please use it to travel to work and avoid public transportation or any type of business trips. I think that the awareness is on a high level regarding this virus and that companies are being more careful. I know that in Croatia a lot of my friends who travel for business had their trips cancelled as a safety precaution. Avoid public gatherings, do not go out partying, avoid being in crowds in general.

If you have any type of flu like symptoms, please do not go directly to a hospital and please do not go to work or to school. Contact your doctor first if you are suspecting you have the virus and let him explain to you how to proceed. If not necessary, do not go to hospitals or spend any time in doctor’s waiting rooms.

If you notice that the virus spread in your country is fast, please do stock up on food and other items which will be necessary if you will have to go into quarantine. No safety measure is too much of a safety measure. Also, if you know of older people who might not be in condition to prepare themselves for quarantine, please help them buy groceries.

As I said I am not a doctor, these are just the guidelines that the Croatia government and all others have issued. I hope that you are safe and healthy and that you will remain that way.

Sending love and positive vibes,


i kept your sins sheltered within
you felt no shame, no guilt
the harm you unleashed on me
new scars, freshly laid, bloody patterns
wounds unhealing inside me always raw
the pain withered me into submission
your burden to bear by chance
my penance for choice of heart

but rage will emerge, so beware
for every injury, insult, and humiliation
there will be justice inflicted severely
bloody eye for my bloodied eye
painful welts you’ll receive from strangers
lawless games played for your ways
brutality and cruelty like i received
i’ll see you caged just like me

you made me what i am

Susi Bocks – writer/author/poet, has self-published two books – Feeling Human and Every Day I Pause. You can find her work at IWriteHer.com or follow her on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MyHumanityInWrittenForm/, where she invites you to read her thoughts and get to know her. Bocks’ work has been published in the anthology SMITTEN: This Is What Love Looks Like: Poetry by Women for Women and in Scarlet Leaf Review, VitaBrevis, Spillwords, Literary Yard, as well as other literary magazines.


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The Hand of Nature

The cold, transparent, frozen, hand of Winter
with its heavy, shivering, fingers
and sharp yet fragile claws,
touches all it can see,
covering three season’s worth of nature
with its web of glass,
and the haunting words it uses
confirms its work has been done.

Spring’s hand gently yet forcefully
pushes Winter aside
with its leafy green, smooth, steady fingers,
and removes all of Winter’s trace
with a few brief touches
that have been rehearsed for so long,
concluding with a lovely melody
that it sings quietly with perfect rhythm.

Summer’s decorated, dextrous, talented hand
joyfully arrives,
waving goodbye to spring,
while at the same time
summoning the rest of the animal kingdom,
who are attracted,
by the infinite shades of yellow,
and the hypnotically enchanting
wordless song sung with such happiness.

Autumn’s hand gives a quiet signal
to the ever rejoicing Summer,
before the ever different creatures
are warned
by the warm, comforting, auburn
cloak more than hand,
through repeated murmers,
that those heavy, shivering fingers
are not far away.

My blog Alexraphael.wordpress is a mixture of entertainment references, exhibition reviews, photography and my own creative works. You can find more about my two books The Summer of Madness and Illusions, Delusions here


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Brain fried.
Love denied.
Stripped of pride.
Cement Stuck.
Out of luck.
Where have I landed?
Fuck the plight,
And this eternal night.
I won’t go down,
Without a fight.

My name is Jesse, I am a writer. I post both poetry and mental health pieces about my own struggles and journey on my blog here: https://oneregulardad.home.blog/


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Hazy Days

started my blog ajmwritesonline.wordpress.com 7 months ago, and would love to get more people to read my poems. I am 17 years old and love writing, especially poems.


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