£5,000 ($8,000) raised to date!
*Please note that the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) will not be having an appeal for Japan. Therefore, I have deleted their web link from this post. Apologies to anyone who has already donated.
The British Red Cross appeal is sending donations directly to the Japanese Red Cross and MSF already have people on the ground over there.
I have penned a few lines for our brothers and sisters over in Japan. If you like what I have written, perhaps you might donate a pound, a euro, or a dollar to one of the charities listed below to help them in their hour of need. Even if you don’t like it, perhaps you might donate a pound or two.
There is a message of hope at the end. So hopefully, with the rest of the world’s help (and money), they’ll get through it.
I’ve designed two versions, one contemporary and one traditional using Hokusai’s iconic painting. Please feel free to download a PDF.
A poem for Japan
by David Milligan-Croft
The world cracked
And up you rose
From the Ring of Fire
On a day when the gods were too busy.
You rode ashore,
Like 40,000 apocalyptic horsemen,
Not pausing for houses, for cars,
For people, for breath.
Dragging their kicks and screams
Through concrete and timber and twisted steel,
Like cherry blossom twigs.
Until they were silent.
And the world was silent.
Then you slithered away
On the belly of the night,
Lapping the shore while
Licking your greedy fingers.
And after you are satiated,
And we have un-buried our dead,
We will climb up out of the mud,
And the sun will rise again.
7 responses to “Update: Tsunami – A poem for Japan”
so schön und warm
so schwer und sacht
so teuer und nett
so verabscheut zu ausländern
und trotzallem lieben wir es
Thank you for your response. Though, I’m afraid I shall have to have it translated!
Powerhouse of a poem.
Wow, high praise indeed. Thank you very, very much.
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Remembering Japan’s lost souls
Thanks!!This poem is fascinating.We are learning this poem at school
Wow! That’s fantastic. I’m very honoured. What school are they teaching it in, if you don’t mind me asking?