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Monday, 26 April 2010

Tibetan Quake Victims

By Johna Ferguson

The clouds swirl across the sky
While my laundry dances on the line like drunken ballerinas.

The wind whistles shrilly
As it seeps in around our ill-fitting windows,

And all the while
Around the small stove we try to keep our bodies warm.

The rooms are cold
Just like the inside of an old oaken ice box.

And the brick walls
And cement floors are equally icy to one’s touch.

But life goes on
And thankfully we have a roof over our heads.

But my thoughts go out
To those less fortunate than we are.

They must huddle like sheep
Under a shared blanket, an entire family.

Waiting, waiting, waiting
For promised water, food and shelter.

But when will it come?
Hopefully soon,
But until then may the sun shine warmly on them.

I am thinking of them all.


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Comments

Just lovely! Thank you for reminding me to be thankful for all I have, instead of what I lack.

Good poem. I like your use of couplets. That must have been a scary experience.

Nothing says more about China than how they treat Tibetan earthquake victims.

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