Simone Inez Harriman

Gold Star - 27,126 Points (03/05/1959 / New Zealand)

Tsunami - Poem by Simone Inez Harriman

Exhaling satisfaction
You have banqueted well
Your swollen belly rolls relaxed
Satiated you spit
Carcas bones of my village
Unremorseful at my feet

Paraded on your watery shoulders
My mother's sari
Torn from her gentle body
Greets and grieves me

Profoundly wounds me

So calm...............
Your indifference now
While your adoring dead servants
Are littered in pyres
Returning ashen to the earthen cradle

Topic(s) of this poem: catastrophe, death, disaster, grief , loss, mother, tragedy, tsunami, village


Comments about Tsunami by Simone Inez Harriman

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (12/1/2017 1:03:00 AM)


    Poignant write. The outcome of Tsunami was a great shock to human beings. Dear Simone, you have so nicely and heartfeltly inscribed this poem. It may be quoted...
    Paraded on your watery shoulders
    My mother's sari
    Torn from her gentle body
    Greets and grieves me

    Profoundly wounds me
    Thanks for sharing.
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  • (11/3/2017 12:59:00 AM)


    An amazing work, Simone. That first stanza is powerful....the image of the natural disaster behaving the way the human being stricken with gluttony and avarice approaches and devours more than his/her share of the communal wealth (well-being?) ...Those words leave an impression hard to forget. This goes right to my favourites list. (Report) Reply

  • Susan Williams (8/20/2017 1:53:00 PM)


    Your swollen belly rolls relaxed
    Satiated you spit
    Carcas bones of my village
    Unremorseful at my feet- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -so excruciatingly painful and graphic but necessary if you are going to get across the whole tsunami disaster, I cannot imagine an entire village being swept away and so many faces of neighbors never to be seen again
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  • Paul Amrod (7/3/2017 4:19:00 PM)


    Hi Simone, I like your earlier your of belching or burping as your first word, A dynamic representation of a belligerent apathy. Thanks for your stylistically critical poem, Paul (Report) Reply

  • (6/19/2017 4:08:00 AM)


    a powerful depiction poem of a natural force that knows not what it does in fact it is as innocent as the driven snow? ...............superbly written. (Report) Reply

  • john tiong chunghoo (4/3/2017 2:27:00 AM)


    LOVELY POEM MY FRIEND..I WAS IN PHUKET DURING THE TSUNAMI AND I SAW THIS ON THE BEACH STEPS....
    after the tsunami
    looking to the sea
    a wooden buddha
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  • (12/15/2016 12:18:00 PM)


    Terrible power. So clearly presented here in this strong poetry. (Report) Reply

  • Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon (7/27/2016 3:30:00 PM)


    The terrible terror of tsunami is here eloquently expressed. Well done my friend! (Report) Reply

  • Michael Walker (4/28/2016 8:08:00 PM)


    A short, but powerful evocation of the dreadful power of a tsunami. Images of death. M. Walker. (Report) Reply

  • john tiong chunghoo (4/4/2016 7:36:00 PM)


    great thoughtful work my friend. will keep on reading. (Report) Reply

  • (3/24/2016 2:32:00 AM)


    a terrifying occurrence expressed in touching lines
    makes it acceptable though hearts will forever pine

    thanks Simone
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  • Valsa George (3/5/2016 8:29:00 AM)


    Tsunami is here personified as a fiend.... one who has feasted on human bodies. Her swollen belly suggests the enormity of casualties. Now being satiated, she spits out carcasses.

    The image of the Mother's saree torn away from the body and floating in the waves is such a sorry sight! The devastation caused by the giant tidal waves and the resultant misery are brought out through powerful images!
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  • Sydney  Rivers (3/4/2016 1:27:00 AM)


    Bravo! Raw emotions flow free! (Report) Reply

  • Brian Mayo (12/9/2015 11:06:00 AM)


    Watery shoulders- -magnificent. Unstable and inconsistent, like waves- -basically worthless for support.
    Spitting-out bones is the act of an ogre, a monster, and you've certainly shown us one here. Terrific poem, Simone.
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  • (11/23/2015 3:18:00 AM)


    I aspire to write like this. Bold and perfect imagery. (Report) Reply

  • Terry Craddock (11/22/2015 7:41:00 PM)


    Masterful haunting unique exceptional, not to be explained, just savoured and enjoyed, because this poem is simply exquisite :) 10++++ (Report) Reply

  • Mike Adam (11/16/2015 3:26:00 AM)


    Interesting and skilful collection Simone. Look forward to seeing more (Report) Reply

  • john tiong chunghoo (11/16/2015 1:08:00 AM)


    touchng words my friend. (Report) Reply

  • Pamela Sinicrope (10/26/2015 3:54:00 PM)


    Well Simone... This is such an expressive poem. The images you chose are unique and strong...a personified hurricane. The poor souls who lost their lives. The mother's sari paraded on the tsunami'so shoulders is very personal and painful. Thanks for sharing your poem.. And for being an empathetic poet.... (Report) Reply

  • Daniel Brick (4/26/2015 3:44:00 PM)


    This poem is so electric with feelings! It is a tender homage to the dead. A powerful evocation of the sheer force of nature. A persuasive embodiment of one of the survivors, who is just beginning to deal with what will be a daily burden of memory. The passage about the sari TORN from the mother's TENDER BODY expresses so much family love and the contrast between brute power and gentle affection. What a mismatch that was. Your personification of the tsunami transforms it into something of mythic awe. But psychologically it is very astute because the speaker can not yet confront this impersonal force which has robbed of so much personal happiness. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, July 2, 2005

Poem Edited: Tuesday, August 14, 2018


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