“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