Ahmad Shiddiqi

Elegiac Earthquake

One by one
They shook
One by one
They cracked

One by one
They broke
One by one
They drowned

Look around
West Java
Tasikmalaya
Cry aloud

Look around
West Sumatra
Padang, Pariaman
Tears spread

The earth
Where we stand upon
The sea
Where we sail afar

The house
Where we live in
The road
Where we walk on

They've moved
They've sent fear
Hundreds souls
Fly to the sky

They've smashed
They've crashed
Hundreds hearts
Fell apart

Oh Our Dear God
In Whose Hand Souls Is
You give us countless gifts
But we've used them for wrong deeds

Oh Our Dear God
The Most Gracious The Most Merciful
You give us precious wealth and health
But we've used them to torture others

How many lies
We've said to people
How many darkness
We've threatened nature

How greed we are
But we've act so innocent
How hatred we are
But we've act so sincere

Heaven and Earth
When you are angry
No one and nothing
Can stand still

Heaven and Earth
When you are fighting back
Children and adults
Are sadly dead

All leaders
Look into your hearts
All citizen
Look inside your souls

Everybody
Watch your steps
Everyone
Watch your intentions

We deeply weep
Corpses like dropping rain
We deeply wound
Helpless in terrible pain

We gently warn
To our beloved friends
We have to keep the Faith
Whatever might be in God we trust

Oh You Are The Greatest
We beg you to forgive our sins
Oh You Are The Noblest
We bow you to forgive our stupidity

Oh You Are The All Mighty
We pray you to bless us
Oh You Are The Most Powerful
We pray you to care us

Oh God
Send Your Angels
To hold their pity spirits
And welcome them to the Green Garden

Oh God
Send Your Mercy
To pour their fragile hearts
So they can reach the Light of Paradise

(with deep sadness and sympathy to victims of earthquake in Indonesia)

Poem Submitted: Thursday, October 1, 2009
Poem Edited: Tuesday, June 28, 2011

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  • Aijaz Asif (11/15/2009 10:39:00 AM)

    Ameen bro, my prayers are with you too with my tears....it is a powerful write indeed with hidden message, thanks for sharing your tears with us bro and God Bless You....

    rgds
    asif

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  • Ramesh T ARamesh T A (10/31/2009 2:28:00 AM)

    Sitting on hot seat and writing about real tragedy indeed need great will and courage! Life is a great circus there!

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  • Sandra MartyresSandra Martyres (10/13/2009 12:53:00 PM)

    A very touching narrative Ahmad...the powerful and sincere prayer is a perfect ending to this poem - thanks for sharing it

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  • Raj Nandy (10/8/2009 10:14:00 PM)

    A GREAT TRIBUTE TO THE VICTIMS OF THE EARTHQUAKE, ENDING WITH
    A FERVENT PRAYER TO GOD! THANKS FOR SHARING!
    -Raj

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  • Michael GaleMichael Gale (10/8/2009 12:25:00 AM)

    The Devil shook his great big fat tummy which felled all other poor souls...
    The devil laughed as shook.

    Those many lives, that he took...
    Come, now, espye and look.

    Look at all the torcher...
    In Satin's book.

    The suffering of all sad faces...
    In the country, of all, the races.

    Can you, now weep, for the dead and gone? ...
    Can we smile once more, before the next dawn?

    Not likely, in this age...
    Cannot you, or I, feel all the rage?

    Happiness-no more...
    The people are sad and sore.

    Weep a final tear...
    For something, else, we might not fear.


    Your poem got a moving ten from me.

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  • Marieta MaglasMarieta Maglas (10/7/2009 8:53:00 AM)

    Well written narrative poem, touching...........10++++++++

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  • Ency BearisEncy Bearis (10/6/2009 10:17:00 PM)

    a very touching write and presented well in verses....a sad thing that happened to those innocent people...my prayers to them and to your country with this disastrous calamity.

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  • Lynda Robson (10/6/2009 7:31:00 AM)

    My thoughts and prayers are with all those who have suffered, you have a good heart Ahmad,
    10
    Lynda xx

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  • Philosophy of a DewyFlower (10/5/2009 3:34:00 PM)

    I read it 3 times...
    your poem melted my Heart, I had tears... it's evident this masterpiece was penned sincerely and devotedly, with much love and much care... you succeeded in shaking and quaking my neurons...
    when the way is for the Natural Disasters we has no thing to do just down on knees and rise our hands. may GOD send His Mercy and Compassion

    May THE LORD bless you Ahmad
    I clapped for your masterwork...
    10+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

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  • Ruerd Visser (10/5/2009 3:06:00 AM)

    Let all those who live on Gods earth remember that it´s he who gives and takes us what we are use to call ours. Would we share the wealth bestowed upon us the earth would recipocate whit a benevolent embrace.
    For she is our mother that cares for us even though we´ve neglected her.

    May angels soothe all those affected,

    Boomwisperer Ruerd

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  • Sarwar ChowdhurySarwar Chowdhury (10/5/2009 1:48:00 AM)

    finely penned the touchy fact! God knows all! we pray! He would help us! Ameen!
    10+

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  • Sonya Florentino (10/3/2009 9:56:00 PM)

    it is a sad day for everyone when others suffer.....i join everyone with their hopes and prayers....

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  • Clara Odelia Ciutara (10/3/2009 7:57:00 PM)

    it's such a nice poem telling about disaster in our beloved country. your way in describing about the earthquake was really touching me. Thanks for sharing

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  • Louis RamsLouis Rams (10/3/2009 1:15:00 PM)

    if we could take all the pain from all the hearts
    we could build a temple in their honor and their families.

    GOD BLESS ALL THAT HAVE DIED AND THEIR FAMILIES.

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  • Subroto Chatterjee (10/3/2009 1:46:00 AM)

    Your poem is an elegy actually. The earthquake has created it....
    God disposes....To all the lost souls: RIP.

    Subroto

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  • Vinod KumarVinod Kumar (10/3/2009 12:29:00 AM)

    Kindly add my deeply condolence to the victims and pray to the souls, the earth is prepared all measures to live us, that is her utros but we try to dig her stomach there were too hot but who cares, thousands of years in rotation a very little variations are occured that is the answer, but according to us seconds are too terrible we are experienced too much and prediction is beyondu us, pray with vigilant eyes.

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  • L.P. Alexanders (10/2/2009 11:17:00 PM)

    very well-developed flow of words and feelings with a sincere and true message to humankind!
    10++

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  • C. P. SharmaC. P. Sharma (10/2/2009 10:05:00 PM)

    Words come out from the depth of heart in sympathy for the quake victims and an emphatic outcry against human folly in ravaging Nature. A pathetic appeal. I join you in this hour of gloom and the appeal.
    CP

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  • Juan Carlos Abeti (10/2/2009 9:44:00 PM)

    you are rigth we must take care of our action one day we are her not the next....beautiful expressed, remarkable poem this oune, good thing to remember the victims some day it may be one of us....

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  • Ben Gieske (10/2/2009 4:17:00 PM)

    Thoughtful of you to remember these many victims. So much tragedy and suffering. They certainly need all the help they can get, but, alas it is disheartening to know that many will never be helped.

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