The Earthquake
Author: Moonstarshine


Oh! my loving Mother Dear
can you hear? can you hear?
from under the earth
that still quakes
crying wailing.
does my voice awake?
the love that you
and I have shared...
Oh! my Mother dearest
..I am scared.
Hopes and dreams
that you had seen
came crashing down
like walls and beams
homes and buildings
swayed and fell
Oh! Mother dear
I have a story to tell…
The blood that now
runs on you
I share that blood
and tears too…
this life is now a flower
without fragrance
of deep depression
in your absence
Oh! Mother dearest
where do I search
the sweetest flower
that you were of mine
crushed in the rubble
that now is your shrine…
where do I look for your love
that is pure and unchanged
the life remains so untrue
my Mother dear…where are you?
The pain is now too much to bear
Oh! my Mother dearest can you hear
searching for you under heavy stones
I stand here now...all alone
Oh! my loving Mother dear
can you hear...can you hear?

------- Author's Notes -------

I met a 12 year Kashmiri girl in a Relief Camp set up for the victims of the recent 8th October Catastrophic Earthquake which hit the Kashmir and the surrounding areas. The lost girl sitting there with a scrap of page upon which she had scribbled words for her mother who had died in the earthquake,handed the piece of paper to me when I hugged her and asked her where her family was.
I was inspired to translate those tear laden words to bring forth her feelings at the time of her greathest loss in her life...her Mother.


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Bipedalguy ( -- Sunday, November 26 2006, 05:01 pm


Your beautiful expression of this girl's tragedy causes, within my mind, the flow of sad imagery as I read it. This poem really reaches me. I wish it could be fiction, but I know it's real.
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