Tragic news from Japan continues to roll when an 8.9-magnitude earthquake, one of the largest earthquakes in recorded history, was followed by a tsunami that ravaged its northeastern coast with breathtaking speed and power.  The impact is devastating when coupled with melt down of nuclear reactors.  My heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with the people of Japan, especially those families that have experienced loss since the calamitous earthquake and tsunami.  Like many others, I also have a relative living in Japan.  My uncle moved to Japan when he was nineteen years old along with the Japanese soldiers who retreated from Taiwan back to Japan.  He settled there, married a Japanese lady and had a family.  Thirty years ago, my aunt finally located my uncle through the newspaper ad she placed in Japan.  He was the chef and owner of a Chinese restaurant.  I got to meet his family the first time and him the last time.  He passed away a few years ago, and is survived by his son.  I hope that my cousin is okay.  I don’t know where he lives.  It is so heartbreaking to see the catastrophic damage that Japan has suffered. 

 

I would like to offer my condolence to those families that have experienced loss since the calamitous earthquake and tsunami.  This is a poem I wrote to express my sorrow.

 

 

My sorrow for the Japanese people – amidst Sendai earthquake 

A poem written by Elisa English, all rights reserved.         

On March 13, 2011 in Minneapolis

 

My heart tumbles

Filled with sorrow

As the earth crumbles

My eyes overflow

 

The catastrophic damage

So tormenting

The haunting image

So devastating

 

My soul aches

For the lives at stake

And over the tragic deaths

Amidst the earthquake

 

Oh, Buddha, the supreme

Please hear my prayer
Soothe their pain

And take them in your care

 

A poem written by Elisa English, all rights reserved.

Source: http://elisaenglish.pixnet.net/blog/post/27677348

 

<<Here are the legitimate donation websites for Sendai earthquake relief.>>

http://www.bnd.com/2011/03/13/1628821/how-people-can-help-japanese-earthquake.html#

I always donate through Tzu Chi Organization (慈濟)

http://www.us.tzuchi.org/usa/home.nsf/other/donateCharity

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