Tuesday Poem: after

after the tremor the neighbour
after the terror the stranger
after the stranger the doctor
after the doctor the soldier
after the soldier the looter
after the looter the vulture

after the horror the ruins
after the ruins the kindness
after the kindness the sirens
after the sirens the silence
after the silence the weeping
after the weeping the comfort

after the toppling the creaking
after the shaking the shaking
after the shaking the questions
after the questions the questions
after the rage and courage
after profound desolation

after the nurse and the undertaker
treasure contained in a glass of water

Tuesday Poem


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2 Responses to Tuesday Poem: after

  1. I love this sort of repetition and rhythm in a poem – it reminds me of nursery rhymes in all the best ways – the dark stuff jogging along – made reassuring/ok -so ideal for the earthquake. I’m especially reminded of this nursery rhyme:

    For want of a nail the shoe was lost.
    For want of a shoe the horse was lost.
    For want of a horse the rider was lost.
    For want of a rider the battle was lost.
    For want of a battle the kingdom was lost.
    And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.

  2. Eileen Moeller says:

    This is so timely and heartbreaking. First New Zealand, then Japan. And we endure, endure, endure because we must.

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