Today marks the 5th anniversary of the disastrous earthquake and tsunami that took place in Japan. I'm sure we all remember viewing horrific video clips of the incoming waters (there's one on this post from March 14, 2011.)
It's not a anniversary to be celebrated, as more than 24,000 were counted as dead or missing, but, it must be remembered. What better way to share thoughts and memories than through art?
Artists from all over the world responded to the event in the days and years that have followed. The result was music such as "JAPAN: March 11th, 2011 Symphonic Poem," composed and conducted by Claudio Almeida,
Photographs such as those displayed at the MFA last year. Click here.
Poetry like that written by Gretel Ehrlich, who was interviewed in 2013 by PBS News Hour. Click here for the transcript and video.
Poetry lends itself to various interpretations, and this haiku by the Japanese master, Bashō (1644-1694), could very well have been written in the spring of 2011.
birds weeping, tears
in the eyes of fish.
Found in The Essential Haiku: Version of Bashō, Buson, and Issa, edited and with verse translations by Robert Hass [895.6 ESS]
The tears are still being shed. Our thoughts are with the people of Japan today.
Irene at Live Your Poem will be hosting the Poetry Friday Round-Up for today.