27 May 2011

Levels poem - Libations Friday 27 May 2011

earthquake japan


From Denny:  A poem inspired from the devastating earthquake in Japan.  It speaks to how all of us can experience earth-shattering moments, internally or externally, and learn to begin again.




Levels

Earthquake


Rocks grumbling
Buildings swaying
Roads tumbling
Earth shaking

Disoriented

Foundations crumbling
People running
Fear mounting
Fires burning

You
Me
We

When
Our world
Shatters

Terrified

Looking back to see
Retreating tide withdrawn
High water wall, giant rising
Rushing miles inland


A tubing wave breaking onto the beach, on the north shore of Oahu, Hawaii



Tsunami

Ocean falling over walls
Waves crashing boats
Water throwing cars
Sucking people out of rooms

Devastation



Japan Earthquake & Tsunami Damage (in the Media) [bp6]



Tall buildings crushed
Windows out exploded
Jagged glass cutting
Muddy water climbing walls
Strewn splinters piling high


Useless

Aftershocks shaking
Surveying our landscape
Roads gaping wide chasms
Roofs falling into cellars

Disbelief

Clearing paths
Repairing roads
Picking up what was
Cleaning what remains



Cherry Blossoms Hanging Over a River



Rebuilding

My world shaking
My life shattering
My home: obliterated, gone
Uncertainty: my new friend

Wondering

Familiar evaporating
Piles of ruin stinking
Burying bodies and my grief
Lingering, stalk the dark thoughts

Pondering

Order emerges out of chaos
Hope jumps into our hearts
Creates new thoughts, new ways
Discovering within new strength

You
Me
We

When
Our world
Shatters
To shake us clear

For rebuilding

Reinvent Life
Stretching out our hands
Reaching new levels



Blossoms, Bridges, and Boats




Denny Lyon
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