THE WRITERS POST
VOLUME 7 NUMBER 1
TRAN LE KHANH
December twenty six, two thousand four,
A tsunami following a nine-point quake
Roared in anger and rushed onto South Asia heavenly beaches,
the beaches of Aceh, Phuket , Calang,
devastated† everything and shoved them to the ocean.
All the beautiful immaculate resorts,
All the comfortable, splendid hotels
All the nice restaurants and pretty shops
All the tourists who came from different continents
All, in that fatal moment
were rolled into the open sea by deadly waves.
More than two hundred thousands people
Have died or are still unaccounted for
So many children have lost their parents
So many husbands crying for their wives and children
and lots of honeymooners were forever separated.
No words would be powerful enough to describe the disaster
No tears would express the grieving and feelings of loss
There are more corpses drifted back from the sea
but decomposed beyond recognition.
The survivors are crying, lamenting
Asking for their relatives, husbands, wives and children
Why did we leave our house to come here for death?
On the roads, everywhere, there are bodies
of the dead and the survivors
Gasping amidst the unbearable stench.
Hundred thousands more will be prey to possible malaria,
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† cholera and starvation.
The sun has returned, brighter than ever,
The sea is blue and peaceful as in the past,
The scenery regains its usual beauty
as Tsunami has never visited this place.
But the dead were gone,
the old scenery disappeared
The Indian Ocean suddenly becomes an ancient cemetary.
Be rich, poor, happy or miserable
Be white, black, yellow or brown
There is always one truth:
In death, people are equal
They are all stupefied, tattered, or naked
the only difference is the size of the coffin.
Oh God, oh Buddha, and Allah
Please give humankind your blessings
And appease their heart-wrenching sufferings
Please allow the dead Ďs spirits to enjoy Peace in Heaven.
Please donít ever come back.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Tran LeKhanh (1-05)
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