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Japan tsunami – in memoriam


It’s hard to believe it’s been 10 years since the cataclysmic earthquake and tsunami struck Japan on March 11th 2011 claiming the lives of 18,500 people.

Here are some incredible before and after shots capturing the devastation and the rebuilding that’s gone on in the past decade.

At the time, all I could do was write a poem as I, like billions around the globe, bore witness to the calamitous event unfolding before us.

I felt impotent. I tried to sell prints of my poem for $1 online to raise funds, to no avail.

I wished I was something useful like a doctor or a nurse, or a rescue worker that could do something practical to help.

Then I thought of all the creative people I had encountered during my long career as an art director in the advertising industry and I asked them for help. The response was phenomenal. I got donations of works of art from all over the world to be put into an auction to raise money for the Red Cross who were working on the ground over there.

Less than a month later, we held the Japan Art Auction at Jonathan Oakes photography studio in Manchester, hosted by The Smiths drummer Mike Joyce. It was an incredible success and, thanks to a great many people, we raised quite a few grand.

A lot has changed in 10 years. As you can see by the photos in The Guardian link above.

Things have changed for me too. I am now a Nursing Assistant at Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport.

And, whilst my poem did not raise a single dollar, it did inspire Austrian composer Albors Pascal Askari to write this hauntingly beautiful piece of music. All the proceeds from which also went to the Japan relief effort.

And, unbeknownst to me, my poem was on the English curriculum at several schools in London for a couple of years.

Who says poetry can’t make a difference?

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Japan Art Auction


I’ve been so busy Tweeting, Facebooking and Linked-In-ing, that I’ve neglected to mention the Japan Art Auction on my blog!

I’m putting on an exhibition / auction of UK and Irish creative work to raise funds for victims of the tsunami.

Artists include: writers, photographers, designers and illustrators from the advertising industry who are kindly donating work to be auctioned/sold.

I have already received the first piece for the exhibition – a beautiful poem by Irish poet, Patrick Chapman.

I’ve had lots of very positive feedback, offers of help, and advice on how to put on an exhibition!

If anyone out there wants to donate some artwork, please drop me a line. It can either be something bespoke, related to the disaster, or something from your archives. Or, if you know someone else you think might want to help, send them this post.

The medium isn’t important either. It could be: a painting, illustration, photograph, poem, prose, haiku, graphic design etc.

What it must be: is something that you think someone else might want to put on their wall.

The main goal for this is to raise money for the people of Japan.

The date is TBC. As is the venue. But it is more than likely going to be in Manchester, England.

I’ll provide regular updates as I have them re specs, venue, dates etc.

Anyone who wants to help in any way, (even if it isn’t to exhibit), please drop me a line. But, above all, remember, I want everything for Free!

Thank you.

David Milligan-Croft

 

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Update: Tsunami – A poem for Japan


£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.

Red Cross

Medecins Sans Frontieres

TSUNAMI-A POEM FOR JAPAN

TSUNAMI-POEM-HOKUSAI

Tsunami – A poem for Japan

Tsunami – A poem for Japan (Hokusai)

Tsunami –
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,
Splintering bones
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.

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