Sunday, March 13, 2011

Silent Screams

The Great Wave off Kanagawa
from Wikipedia

Fear and trembling:
the earth out of control
renders us speechless,
words of blame erased.

We cry out for the dead
overwhelmed, submerged
by tremendous power;
scream in our fear.

Why, we pray! Yet,
why even an earth,
why stars and ocean,
why hand of gravity?

Silence, stillness.
Mute voices drowned
in abyss of absence
claim their salvation.

Posted for OneShotWednesday at OneStopPoetry


  1. When Earthly Powers are so great, there's small comfort in the Heavenly ones. Things have been quiet in this poetic forum, I think folks are trying to figure out what to say in the face of such immensity. This one's timely and perfect, the sort gape-mouth incredulity when we hear that entire villages of souls washed out to sea in Northern Japan. Fine, tough work. - Brendan

  2. Thanks for reading, Brendan.

  3. It does render me speechless. Beautiful tribute.

  4. Ann, you should post this through One-Shot Poetry ( This poem deserves wide exposure ... it's a great way to do so ... And this week the site is mentioning the Japan catastrophe, and this work needs to be there. -- Brendan

  5. Beautiful words for a tragedy. A great way to narrate their silent story.

  6. those last three lines left a knot in my throat...

  7. Thank you for posting this. Well said--stunning is an overworked word these days, but this event has had that effect on me--stunned. Good to hear some of my thoughts and feelings given voice so much more eloquently than I could here in this piece.

  8. We cry out, we pray, then we're silent. Beautiful poem.

  9. Deborah,Brian, Joy, Glynn and Avril,

    Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by and for your kind words. The solidarity of the poetry community online in expressing their sorrow and prayers for the Japanese people is inspiring. There are so many poisonous words of blame floating around the world these days that it is wonderful to have found this little oasis of thoughtful people.

  10. Tess,my first and faithful "follower'. I look forward to reading your comments. I am finding that it is quite time consuming to read all the interesting blogs and there must be an efficient way to keep up --- not to mention also writing for all the great prompts like your Magpie Tales. So thanks for taking the time that you do.

  11. Why we pray.. what an anguish and what powerful thought. thanks for sharing...

    ॐ शांति ॐ
    Om Shanti Om
    May peace be... pray for People of Japan
    Connect me at Twitter @VerseEveryDay

  12. Shashi,Thank you for stopping byand your kind words. I will look at your blog.

  13. I read this with the feeling that the lines gained momentum as I read, especially from "overwhelmed, submerged" to the repetition of why-lines. Very well-crafted.

  14. Dustus,

    Thanks for reading. I appreciate your thoughts and comments very much.

  15. So beautifully rendered, Ann... We can but pray when mother nature unleashes her wrath upon us... and hope to come out ever more reverent of her power...

    Much felt lines, my dear.. really moving!

  16. Kavita,
    Thank you. I so appreciate your taking time to read and your encouraging words.

  17. we are visitors asking why...why?

    Peace, hp

    thank you for stopping by

    you asked me "who is sorry?"...Mother Earth