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A POEM FOR THE JAPANESE EARTHQUAKE

MAYUMI
After the tohoku earthquake & tsunami

1.
Don’t leave my hand.
My daughter’s palms were soft.

The black houses crushed
a local library and.....us.

2.
Our home is only a broken gate.
I recite Mayumi in front of it.

3.
Her body roams the ocean.
It deserves the sparkling white

bubbles,.....and slowly disappears.

4.
Tonight’s full moon is the brightest in a year.

Happy birthday…
She would be sixteen.


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The first draft on 3/22/2011.
MAYUMI

1.
Don’t leave my hand.
I look into my daughter’s eyes.

The black wave of houses
sweeps into my ribs; cold & heavy…

.....Two men drag me from the stream.

2.
Home is gone
leaving only a broken gate.

The concrete
smashes her blue
bicycle. I wait

for her sitting on the rubble
and recite Mayumi.....like the Buddhist prayer.

3.
A fence covered with tiny
notes about victims
leads to the morgue.

Female, a yellow apron with the crescent and three stars…

She was not in the casket.

4.
Her body
roams the ocean current. Tonight’s full

moon is the brightest in a year. Her body
deserves the sea water;
the sparking white bubbles.

Like an old story of a mermaid,
her body slowly
.....disappears from the earth.

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