You See How It Happened – Tsunami Poem

Now that the shock of the Tsunami is over and the impact of that many deaths by nature sinks into our psyches, poems and art work about it are beginning to emerge as a means of healing.

One such poem, by New Hampshire author Laura Foley, has a haunting beauty. Read it here:

You See How it Happened

You see how it happened.
I lost a father, a mother.
I lost a husband.
My sons left me.
I was alone with a daughter
I could not see
in a house that had no foundation.
I was homeless.
I shuffled through streets, ate
from strangers’ plates, wandered
on forest paths
until the lamp of the world went out.
Obsessions faded.
I returned home, free in my mind.
From across the river, three tall boats were gliding in.

–Laura Foley

Poem reprinted by permission of the author.

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Gordana Roljic
Gordana Roljic4 years ago

great poem

Bon L.
Bon L.4 years ago

Thanks for the info.

Robert O.
Robert O.4 years ago

Wonderful poem and so heartwrenching.

Lady Kaira
Lady Kaira4 years ago

Surprising how words put in the right order can make you warm inside out

K s Goh
KS Goh5 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Maureen Heartwood

Amazing. This is the kind of impact I try for in my own poetry (not typically with success).

Erin H.
Erin H.5 years ago

What a beautiful poem...

Eli Is Here
.5 years ago

Lovely poem. Thanks Annie.

Susanne Dawn P.

TY. Lovely

Gita Sasi Dharan
Gita Sasi Dharan5 years ago

Tsunami, never return. You have caused enough damage for a life time.