Saturday, April 23, 2011

The search for mementos

The man spies something
Gripped in the giant steel claw
Waves his arms and points
They scramble the wreckage for
What remains -- a son’s backpack.

April 22 Tanka

The widening circle

Earthquake, tsunami,
Ionized radiation
Silent decorum
Inspires the compassion
Butterflies fluttering wings

Friday, April 15, 2011

The remembering month

April 11th
Time 2:46 p.m.
The sirens wailed out
Survivors wept their sorrow
Again.  The spawned tsunami.

In the hamlet of Aneyoshi

Six hundred years old
The markers dot the coastline
Ancient stone tablets:
“High dwellings are the peace and
harmony of our people.”

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Matsuko Ito/7.1

The world feels strange now.
Even the way the clouds move.
Something has changed, is not right.
There's no getting used to it:
awakened by the shaking.

Car owners search in huge 'graveyards'

His car, black Nissan
Couldn’t outrun the tsunami
Abandoned, with keys
Parking ticket and wallet
Dangling Shinto good luck charm

Monday, April 4, 2011

Coast Guard rescue

A little brown dog
Trots on a half-submerged house
Afloat for three weeks
Emptied of heart, voice, and child
The sea is a rocking hand.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Cool fan made KARMA video!

Love the idea of "Where will you take KARMA?" 
Pass the book on! KARMA is meant to be shared!

- Cathy

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Libraries after the Japan quake and tsunami (emmdeeaych in reply to CH)

A lost library
is a heartbreaking end too
of what is nearly
a temple to man’s highest
quality -- understanding.