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Out of the Frying Pan

by Lionel E. Deimel
 

Japan

Plates shift

Earth shakes

Oceans move

 

Quaking lasts

Roads crack

Shelves empty

 

Earth stills

Breathing returns

Life resumes

 

Sirens blare

Some flee

Some stay

 

Waves arrive

Cars float

Buildings crumble

 

Power fails

Cooling stops

Fears surge

Japan

 

 
“And into the Fire” could be the rest of the title of this poem, written 3/16/2011. Japan was hit by a massive earthquake five days earlier. The earthquake was strong, but Japan survived it with relatively little damage. The tsunami that followed, however, was devastating. As if this wasn’t enough, power was lost at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, which began a cascade of events that threatens yet another—and possibly more serious—disaster.

I decided that I would call this poem complete, even though the nuclear plant has experienced explosions, fires, and release of radiation, remaining a threat of unknown magnitude.

— LED, 3/16/2011

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