Two Poems for Japan

GRIEF REMEMBERED
(In the aftermath of the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake)
 
Without warning, the tears begin to flow
As grief remembered suddenly wells up
From deep within some hidden chamber of the heart.
Buoyed by the rapidly rising tears of anguished sorrow,
It rushes upwards and breaks the placid surface–
Shattering the mirror’s calm exterior
As the bitter, briny waves break upon the unprotected shore.
After the waves have receded and the last sob has been gasped,
Nestled in the now hushed and gently heaving bosom,
The spent heart, exhausted, lies softly beating.
(© Poeticmeditation 2011.  All rights reserved.)
 
FIGHT!
(がんばろう 日本!)
 
A tremendous, stunning blow has landed
Driving him down upon his knees.
Arms and legs refuse to act as commanded
Despite the mind’s desperate pleas.
Eyes remain unfocused as everything spins round and round.
Suddenly, the unseen crowd begins to shout in thundering unison
As he struggles to regain his footing upon the reeling ground,
“Stand up!  Stand up!  Stand up and fight until the fight is won!”
(© Poeticmeditation 2011.  All rights reserved.)
 
 
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A 19th-century romantic poet trying to get by in the 21st-century.
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