Boxing day was dark
but far away vacationers
strolled to the beach when suddenly
the tsunami rolled in.
They say that first the sea inhaled
before the brine crushed bones and toppled walls.
could withstand its watered fangs.
I read about survivors;
parents who had tried to save
their children. I try to comprehend
how much it pains to feel a toddler’s hand
slipping from your hold.
I learned about a former work-mate
having lost both parents and sister.
I wonder if gods conspired
to havoc seaside bliss punishing a toddler’s sins.
or if they were playful dumb or ignorant.
Gilena wants us to write about natural disasters at toads. For me the tsunami in 2004 is still engraved in my retina. So many of my fellow countrymen where affected, and it’s still a national trauma.
August 26, 2017