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On the curriculum…


Had a nice surprise the other day.

A poem I wrote after the tsunami in Japan in 2011 is on the school curriculum at a group of London schools.

I appreciate that it’s year 6 primary and not a masters in English Lit. But it’s still very flattering.

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Opossum is a federation of schools which includes Newport Primary, Dawlish Primary, Oakhill Primary and Thorpe Hall Primary.

I also came across some samples of poems the students had written after they had studied mine and I was mightily impressed.

And if that poem floats your boat, why not pop over to Amazon where you can avail yourself of my complete collection of poetry and help keep me out of penury!

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Haiku – The Avenues of Heaven


cherry blossom tree

cherry blossom tree

cherry blossom tree

The avenues of
Heaven, are surely lined, with
Cherry blossom trees.

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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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