Elizabeth Padillo Olesen

Haiti Survivor - Poem by Elizabeth Padillo Olesen

The earth shook
And the buildings collapsed
She and her friends were trapped
Total eclipse.
Light left no trace
In darkness she heard
herself and her friends
crying, sobbing, moaning
in pain so unbearable to bear.

She could not move her legs
Only her hands could touch
a stone, wanting to embrace
her friends but she could not.
Dusts filled her lungs
She coughed, yes, they coughed.
They continued to sob and moan
She screamed calling for help
She yelled in all despair
but nobody heard her.

Those outside had to survive
They were running to find
shelter from the after shocks.
They were pulling bodies
of those whose legs and hands
they could see and touch
But she and her friends were trapped
Down deep in the ruins of dark dungeon.

One week passed
The voices of her friends
were heard no more
Two weeks and three days passed
And there was no voice for her to shout.
She prayed, she slept, she dreamed
She saw light, she saw herself
willing to start a new life
Then she woke up
to this new dream, to this last hope
and to this new lease of life.

With the last hope in her voice
She cried for help again
And her last voice echoed
to the ears of the French rescuers
Then slowly the light entered
Her will to live on won.
Out from the ruins and rubbles,
she was pulled out from total eclipse
to the full shining lights of sun and moon.

Poet's Notes about The Poem

January 31,2010

Comments about Haiti Survivor by Elizabeth Padillo Olesen

  • Kelvin OwusuKelvin Owusu (9/4/2012 5:19:00 AM)

    this is just beautiful, love how through all the destruction there's a glimmer of hope, this is a great read (Report)Reply

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  • Joanna Pavlides (9/3/2012 3:49:00 PM)

    beautiful poem about survival, enjoyed the read (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, September 3, 2012

Poem Edited: Tuesday, September 4, 2012

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