Sunday, March 13, 2011


Far away, in an alley,
the earthquake
of one fallen

“Disaster” added to Poems, Slightly Used.


awyn said...

Wonderful poem, William, in so many ways.

♥Jan♥ said...

Beautiful poem and heartbreaking at the same time William~~~

Kiki said...

I find it mind boggling that disasters are taking place everywhere and our lives (for now) are somehow unscathed.
Your poem delivers an emotional connection.
Thank you.

Anthony Duce said...

Very well said. Defines most, those feeling far enough away.

-K- said...

The haiku feel to this is so appropriate.

William Michaelian said...

Annie, thanks. If it survives, there might be no way to know it was written during this time of the earthquake and disaster in Japan. But it’s my response, in words, thus far.

Thank you, Jan. And hand in hand they go, it seems.

Kiki, I can’t help thinking that our lives are affected — and perhaps they are, and all the more so, when they seem relatively undisturbed. Maybe we’ve grown accustomed to all of the upheaval and suffering in the world and the outward ripple effect that must have. We know what it’s like to be near one person who is suffering and the changes it brings about in us, which in turn affect others we come in contact with. Multiply it millions of times over, and.... Well, I don’t claim to know. I just think there’s a lot we’re unaware of, that’s all. Thank you.

Anthony, thanks, as always. Indeed, distance can be measured in more than miles.

Seventeen syllables, Kevin, and pain is a flower in our hand.

Kiki said...

Oh of course we are affected......that is what makes us respond.......or at least me.

William Michaelian said...

And we’re just as powerfully affected by the good, the sweet, the light, the laughter, the music, the children.... Really, when you think about it, this old world would have gone up in flames long ago if not for the grace that’s in us all.

nouvelles couleurs - vienna atelier said...

William, such a great saul you are to describe in your words this distaster... I have tought even in you, your family and all the people living in Oregon, because in our TV it said that on last friday it was the danger of the Japaneese tsunami, apart from arriving in California is still dispandeva more ... I saw on TV an exodus of people in cars that started in your region ... I thought it was all over like a sad movie...

William Michaelian said...

Thank you, Laura. The waves did arrive, and some people along the ocean did have to leave their homes, but the damage was small compared to what happened in Japan.

We live about sixty miles inland, and the coastal mountains are between us and the ocean.