Dennis Spilchuk


The Great Wave Off Kanagawa - Poem by Dennis Spilchuk

Morning and the fishers put out to sea,
With joy and farewells to their families,
Unaware today they would meet with fate,
To fight for life with a giant rogue wave.

Frothed in rage the tempest would not relent,
Incensed that they take without recompense,
The bounty of its trove with gluttony,
As if deemed chosen to exploit with greed.

"Bend those backs to the wind row and repel,
Vain Kanagawa reprieve yourselves! "
Spewed in boast the Kami Tsunami,
Amid the background of the great Mt. Fuji.

Fear seized their hearts and terror blazed their eyes:
Their hands bled and muscles groaned agony.
They who boldly bragged coward in the throes,
As the boats were tossed on the vast ocean.

The challenge met and defeat imminent,
Victory though sweet claims countless victims.
In disbelief they maintain their postures,
As the wave splinters the wooden structures.

The end is near, all is lost or so they thought;
On their knees one by one, made peace with God.
And this their last hour they in despair,
Prayed for the storm to abate, and were spared.

Topic(s) of this poem: courage, despair, destiny, faith, fate, ocean, storm

Form: Quatrain


Comments about The Great Wave Off Kanagawa by Dennis Spilchuk

  • Khairul Ahsan (7/12/2018 11:03:00 PM)


    'The end is near, all is lost or so they thought,
    On their knees one by one, made peace with God.
    And this their last hour they in despair,
    Prayed that the storm to abate, and were spared.' - The last stanza brought some relief in my stormy and fearful thoughts.
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  • Akhtar Jawad (7/12/2018 10:32:00 PM)


    The great and diligent people of japan have courage and determination to fight the psunamies. A lovely poem, congrats for its selection as member's poem. (Report) Reply

  • Rose Marie Juan-austin (7/12/2018 5:10:00 PM)


    The harshness of nature and fear felt by the people have been
    vividly and intelligently depicted in this wonderful write.
    Compelling imagery.
    The last stanza conveys a deep affirmation of fate.
    Yes, only God could spare us from the wrath of a giant rogue wave.
    Liked the amazing painting that goes with this profound piece of work.
    Congratulations!
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  • Petals Azureblue (7/12/2018 9:57:00 AM)


    This is a poem of many conceptual facets. The relationship between man and nature is one. If nature were to strike back man would lose for our sins are many. Indeed only Gods Grace would save man. This piece is well crafted.10+++pleasure to read.👍👍👍 (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (7/12/2018 3:16:00 AM)


    Fear seized their hearts! !

    Thanks for sharing.
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  • Mahtab Bangalee (7/12/2018 1:31:00 AM)


    nice surrendering quatrain -

    The end is near, all is lost or so they thought,
    On their knees one by one, made peace with God.
    And this their last hour they in despair,
    Prayed that the storm to abate, and were spared

    excel of writings...
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  • Dr Dillip K Swain (7/12/2018 1:12:00 AM)


    The end is near, all is lost or so they thought/On their knees one by one, made peace with God/And this their last hour they in despair/Prayed that the storm to abate, and were spared.....beautiful poetic expression that articulates the truth! Congrats for this fabulous poem being chosen as POD! (10) (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (7/12/2018 12:59:00 AM)


    Such a splendid poem of the day... congrats, Dennis for being chosen...10++++ (Report) Reply

  • Robert Murray Smith (7/12/2018 12:14:00 AM)


    A poem worthy of this category. Well penned. (Report) Reply

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (7/3/2018 11:15:00 PM)


    Anything chosen to exploit with greed provokes thought bringing sad and this is really amazing. The end is near and God can save us. For love and peace we shall pray him. An amazing poem is very brilliantly penned...10 (Report) Reply

    Dennis Spilchuk (7/4/2018 3:34:00 PM)

    I thank you very much for your wonderful and flattering comment. I am in awe of the Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai for the woodblock print and my inspiration and interpretation in writing the poem.

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Poem Edited: Saturday, July 28, 2018


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