a poem by Elizabeth Padillo Olesen, Denmark

What words to say
What verses to write
when watching the earthquake
and tsunami,casting their fury
over the House of the Rising Sun?

Who can measure fear
when watching death
before one’s eyes?
Who can measure tears
shed upon those who die?

Who can bring back
lives and treasures
long time laboured
which simply disappear
at a wink of an eye?

Fragile humans are we
who by nature’s fury
are like crumpled papers
and floating debris
on the earth’s open sea.
March 11, 2011

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