Friday, 18 March 2011

Tororot, Please Hear Me

                            Fall seven times, stand up eight. 
                                                  ~Japanese Proverb

Tororot, God of the Rising Sun,
The Maker of River Suam
The Maker of Kacheliba Hill

Tororot, God of Tokyo
The Creator of Honshu
The Creator of Yokohama too

I want to speak to you
For them, for heavy an emotion my heart bears
My eyes are tired with weeping
For Japan

Tororot, the Mighty One,
A dark cloud is hanging over Japan
Just like during Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Petals are folded in mortal fear
The rays of the sun are hidden
Soil-like sorrowful widows-
Are paraded on the lane of misery
Fukushima, a bad dream that eats my mind

Tororot, God of the Rising Sun,
May you bring shine to them once more
May their petals blossom once again
May their soil once again crack with life
May you restore Fukushima

You see, God the Maker of Japan,
Japan is us, we are Japan
It is like a cow if dead
Even the egrets sing dirges
Japan carries our dreams too
As writers and poets, when we are tired
With visiting here, we take our mind's eyes there
We speak to them Japanese and dine tofu with chopsticks
We play sumo and judo with them
Even when we have hardly gone there!

So you see, Tororot, The Mighty One,
I had to speak to you, to beseech you
To hear this, my humble prayer.

Poem in response to a prompt at Poems United Thursday Think Tank #40 on Hope

In solidarity with the people of Japan.

C) Lorot Salem 2011


Promising Poets Parking Lot said...

I hear you.
powerful call.
well done,

Carrie Burtt said...

A heartfelt and beautiful prayer.

Eileen T O'Neill ..... said...

Filled with great spirit and desires for better times ahead, for Japan and the people.

A powerful cry...well captured with your words.

Best wishes, Eileen

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Oh I love your poem so much. My heart, too, has been heavy with pain for Japan since this happened. I, too, have been thinking about Hiroshima and Nagasake, and how much the Japanese people have suffered. I pray nothing worse happens. Your words hit straight to my heart and they flow so beautifully, with power and beauty. Such a beautiful prayer, and poem. I love it.

Salem Lorot said...

@Promising Poets Parking Lot
@Currie Burtt
@Sherry Blue Sky

Thank you all for stopping by and reading the poem. To the people of Japan, we, Poets United, do love you. God bless you.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

I had to come back for another read of this beautiful prayer. I wish the people of Japan could read your words. Maybe you could send it to their newspaper? Very beautiful and heartfelt. Keep writing!

Judy Roney said...

This is so touching. We mourn for Japan's losses because they are ours, too.

Willow said...

I am once again in tears. Such beautiful longing, such misery, such horror. Japan, so beautiful, so gracious and graceful. All my prayers are with Japan. Thank you for your incredibly moving poem. I feel its power.

Jingle Poetry said...

Our week 27 poetry potluck is open Now,
Welcome and Share 1 to 3 poems with us today,
Your poetry rocks…
Bless your day…

heartfelt words. talented work.

Salem Lorot said...

@Sherry Blue Sky, I am humbled for coming back again. I will be sending it and I will inform you of how it turns out.
@ Judy Roney, thanks for visiting again.
@ Willow, what should a poet say? "Soro" as my people would say
@Jingle Poetry, thanks for setting dock. I will be doing that shortly. Much glad.

Ella said...

Beautiful; I loved the flow of your words! I love how they unfolded, as you shared the sacred grace of humanity~

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