a moment imploded,
the shuddering tremor,
rippled in dramatic light
silence came with pain,
new sown seeds,
growth blemished in bark
with gentle leaves,
the tree had not forgotten
yet learned from it's birth
never to touch
or feel that moment
from chugoku to the ota
upon the debris strewn
in the silence
that came with time,
shoots with elliptic leaves
to five bright petals,
vivid signal that,
survival is the future
that through resilience
we find a peace
and learn that for
no other reason
it should never
With these two poems i came third out of 741 poets worldwide and was presented with a gift from the Japanese government and they where read out at a ceremony at UN headquarters in New York by the Japanese Ambassador which you can watch here http://www.un.org/disarmament/special/meetings/dis_week/ the poems revolve around the Hibakusha survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the poems are also going into a book in New York
Congratulations! What an honor for deserving words from the heart.
Thank you you want to look at the pages for the contest so many powerful and moving poems from around the world http://www.un.org/disarmament/special/poetryforpeace/
Thanks, I will.
Telling and distinctive work, Chris – first time I’ve come across you, I think and will be back for more… Visit my site at http://www.scotthastie.com. There may be stuff we can do together on the promo side… With Best Wishes Scott
Thanks Scott sorry so slow in reply thanks for that and working together sounds interesting and your only a little bit north of me
Thanks Geraldine i am glad you liked 🙂
Silence came with pain … Nice words and congrats to you!
Thank you it is a great achievement and to be alongside so many wonderful poets http://www.un.org/disarmament/special/poetryforpeace/
Nice going/just read the link!
…in the silence that came with time… I just love that
Thanks Laurie should have a look at the others a lot of interesting poems http://www.un.org/disarmament/special/poetryforpeace/
Two wonderful pieces Chris.. the second one touched me the most.. but I still don’t see how it won’t happen again..
Thanks Bjorn all the best
What a truly great honor was bestoyed on you. 3rd out of 741 poets is no small thing. Congratulations. Beautiful and poignant writing. And indeed may something like this never happen again.
Never again – but how often have we said that?
Very true Tony
oh wow…congrats on the third place with the poem.. it is remarkable symbolism in this… great, touching image with the oleander
Thanks Claudia and hope all is good with you 🙂
nice…think i am more fond of the second one….the new life in the after…and the hope of survival…and that we actually learn something…that it should never happen again…