The people in Japan have been on my mind constantly since the tragedy occurred. I wrote this poem in their honor.

WITHOUT WARNING Claudia Aragon

The first jolt came without warning.
The brick, mortar, steel,
Twisted into submission.
Our world came tumbling down.
Floods of Biblical proportions,
Carrying away the mass exodus of unwilling humanity.
Flushed away.
Lost forever.
Bleakness shrouds the land.
Ruin as far as the eye can see.
What have we done to make this so?
Have we somehow angered the gods?
What can we do,
Except pray for the lost,
The old, the wounded.
Beginning anew,
Looking toward the future.
Steadfast in our faith, our belief,
The young will rebuild us,
Better and stronger.
We are not millions.
We are one.

Comments

emstersmom1 March 20, 2011 @ 3:58 p.m.

It really puts it all in perspective. No matter how bad we think we have it, we could be there in the middle of tragedy.

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SurfPuppy619 March 22, 2011 @ 4:50 p.m.

I have wondered if Japan will be able to claw back after such a mega disaster............It is awful to see how devestating that tsunami was. They had an interview on "60 Minutes" with a school techer, and it was hard to watch and listen to what happened those K-6 children.

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emstersmom1 March 21, 2011 @ 7:50 a.m.

You had to have been going out of your mind when you couldn't reach her. As a mom I know how frantic loss of communication can be. Especially if it's a daughter. Isn't funny how our society thinks our male counterparts are more capable? I guess we still throw them into the protector role when there are so many women out there more capable of survival on a multitude of levels.

On a different note. I saw in one of your comments that you had an article published in a national magazine. I was curious which one and when. I for one would love to see what you wrote.

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SurfPuppy619 March 22, 2011 @ 4:46 p.m.

Hawaii is too far from the mainland, I could never live there for that reason.

What was your daughter doing for work on the Islands?

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