Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Sunrise After 8.9

"I truly hope the victims of the disaster never give up hope, take care of themselves, and live strong for tomorrow"
- Emperor Akihito in a TV address following Japan's 8.9 earthquake in March 2011, resulting in a devastating tsunami and a nuclear disaster.

there was
a gory dark time
of the eclipse
of 8.9!

But far
on a rosy horizon
to have darkness undone
sits another baby

I feel
it somewhat low
but I still feel it
with glow

This is
the sun that
will bring close those
who in current life are cast
and memories of those
who were amongst us
in the near

This is
the sun that will
shine upon what's in disdain
and upon what cannot be
put together

its rays
reflect the
pain (that trembling thrust)
of my dear brothers and sisters
and warmly touch me
as a reminder
of oneness
of us

My soul
feels the warmth
in their acceptance
of the power of nature's will
and feels the pain in
their surrender-
ed smiles

I feel
them somewhat near;
and ever more

far out
on a rosy horizon
to have grave darkness undone
I feel surely sits
baby sun

will again
from its cradle
in the east shine the sun
just like ages ago
its luster had

Hail the sun
for rising again!
Hail the sun
for shining again!

I feel
it somewhat low
but I really feel
it glow

My feelings world will grow
as per the master plan
the sun that now lies low
will again rise from Japan

- Shiv

Inspired by a project (Poets for Tsunami Relief) by inspiring Montreal poet Heather Grace Stewart earlier today I wrote this poem. As my other poems, this is a poem I wrote for strength for myself after seeing media coverage of Japan's monster quake, which I refer to by 8.9. If this resonates with you, please share it with friends and family.

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- Shiv


  1. I love the gentle beauty of this poem.

  2. Thank you for shining words of hope in the darkness

    yes, the sun WILL rise!

  3. I, too, hope the sun will rise for Japan again, too.

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  4. Thanks Terresa and HisFireFly :)

  5. This is a nice poem, thanks for sharing:)