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Sakura by C. Richard Miles

Here is a beautiful poem written by C. Richard Miles in response to the recent eathquake and tsunami in Japan.

“Sakura”

Sakura, cherry blossom, flutters snow-soft, so soft, down
Across the shattered flotsam of a flattened fishing town,
Homes battered into matchwood as the sea grew tea-brew brown,
Souls scattered to displacement camps or swept aside to drown.

And as the blossom settles, tumbling from the twisted trees,
It’s followed by massed snowflakes jumbling in the biting breeze,
To bring a needy nation nearly humbled to its knees
Condemning the survivors grumbling as they starve and freeze.

Cold comfort for this country, yet more gloom for those who cry
To match the wheeling seagulls screeching in the soft spring sky
Where this tsunami brought such evil; we just wonder why
Earth’s nature means that many decent people have to die.

And still a silent fall-out threatens which may be much worse
From Fukushima’s wreckage, which they struggle to immerse
With cooling wetting sea-spray hoping that they will reverse
A nuclear disaster beckoning with its cruel curse.

Though earthquakes wreak their worst, we still can look through hopeful eyes;
Humanity will conquer every challenge life supplies,
For as they face the future, we are sure Japan will rise
A phoenix from the ashes, their resilience never dies.

Thank you for sharing this inspiring poem….

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Japanese Relief Efforts

Dear Friends,

I know that many people are wondering what they can do to help Japan. Personally, I support the American Red Cross by volunteering my time in support of the cleanup efforts around my home in Northern Japan. If you also want to donate to the Red Cross in support of the relief effort, please visit RedCross.org and click “Donate now”. You can specify that the funds you donate support the Japanese Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami relief effort. Also text “Red Cross” to 90999 to make a $10 donation. The American Red Cross will facilitate your donation the Japanese Red Cross. Your contribution will make a difference!!

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