Tsunami Poem

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Tsunami

Red Wall rising up out of Sea,

a construct carved of fault.

Watery pillar of salt

licking Asia’s shores.

Tsunami, your wave signals goodbye.

Eden’s lost and found:

Karl Nilsson’s parents

and 2 brothers.

Gluttonous, global avarice devours

One

quarter million

people.

Throw away rotting flesh and disease,

that toiled and healed and cared.

Sumatra freshly brewed,

bleeping video cameras, unmanned.

Who will be your witness?

If the youth didn’t disturb dead ancestors while making love,

the Sea wouldn’t be

angry.

I can’t get no satisfaction.

Despairing spirits drowned,

living in thirsty graves.

Nick, you weren’t there,

you can’t

know.

Noah build your ark!

By Shuana Niessen

copyright 2005

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