March 11: One Year Since the Tsunami

Written by on March 7, 2012 in Health, Love & Family, Memorial Poems, News with 0 Comments
Winds of Death

Winds of Death

It seems hard to believe, but it has been a year since the tsunami hit Japan and severely damaged the nuclear reactor. I am re-running “Winds of Death: Nature Claims Its Victory”.

Winds of Death: Nature Claims Its Victory

How now shall the living live
with so much life now gone?
Nature moved the water’s edge –
an echo of a rumbling thunder
urging waves to drive asunder
an ancient land to history’s ledge –
illumined by a modern sun
that now becomes invented dawn
glowing upward from the ground,
naked now with walls all gone –
bringing clouds on wispy wind
that burns the skin but makes no sound.
 

*

How now shall the living live
with death now floating all around?
We look for faces on the shore
amid the fish and cars and ships,
brought to us by seismic blips
in ways we have not known before.
 
*
 
Nature mocks with every tide;
beaches fill with those who died.
We turn away from the winds,
but see the fires and the clouds,
knowing they can kill the crowds
searching ground, searching sea
for glimpse of life among the dead,
a thousand thoughts in our head.
 
*
 
Nature took what we had made
and we can only wait and see
if life itself now will fade.
The clouds we made are moving now;
we watch the winds so warily:
Hearts with hope submerged in dread.
We feel the winds; we see the dead.
 
*
 
We ask ourselves: What are we now?”
We ask ourselves: “What will we be?”
Our minds benumbed of clarity,
we stumble through the lives we were,
victims of technology:
Nature claims its victory.
 
*  Copyright Daniel Mark Extrom 2011-1012.  All rights reserved.

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