Theme: Catastrophe

Ode to Tsunami

You came uncalled
To sweep us in your folds
And drag us to depths unknown.
You came uncalled
To crush our dreams
And snatch treasures
From our helpless hold.

Tsunami! We had heard of you
In our school days
As one striking far off lands
And seen you in movies
That our wizards make
To fill their coffers full
As a speeding wall
That makes humans flee
To the safety of mountain heights.

But never even in the worst
Of our nightmares
Did we ever suspect
You would give us a breakfast call
To smash our little tea-cups
Filled with care and mirth
And topple sunshades of comfort
Along havens we frequent
To watch delightful sunsets.

Never did we suspect
You are ruthless and careless
To wipe off the ones
Who look at the sun
And plead every morn
For nothing but light alone.

Tsunami, why were you
So unkind and cruel
Even to babes
Hugging their moms
In blissful slumber
In forlorn huts
Along our golden coasts?

You are madness unleashed
To upend our dreams
Upturned on a brittle world
Where no more are granted
Method, trust and certitude.

For we now suspect the breeze
For the storm, the murmur of the sea
For dangers unknown,
Whose bosom with carefree ease
Our folks used to fathom
For pearls and wisdom
From days unknown.

The sea was our mother
And now she has frowned;
The wrinkles on her face
Make us shudder and flee
Like ants before the storm
On to safer yet uncertain planes.

A delight on our TV screens,
Tsunami, overnight
You have become a mortal fright.
We dare no more entertain
Faith on this lonely oasis
Of the cosmos, where till you came
Certainty was our walking stick.

Roofless in these wintry nights,
While we shiver on shaky heights
Of temporary comfort
Away from the seas,
A tsunami surges in our hearts
To sing and roar an ancient song.

A song of wisdom we forgot
In our haste for false comforts,
Rampage for wealth and might
Powered by false sense of right,
Blood for blood we paid,
Head for head we reaped
And shamed the beasts we caged.

For we were cocksure
All morns are full of sunshine
Just made for our comfort,
For we took it granted
Paradise was our right,
Till you came, Tsunami,
With your teaching stick.

We call you an act of God
And yet pursue our erstwhile wont
As though it is all that He wants.
We count the pennies lost
As we rummage our flattened coasts
And rebuild the resorts lost
Shedding tears for have-nots.
Lo, bereft our inside lies
Lost of the Light that shines
Tsunamis and the like
Alike like sunshine and delight.

Teach us, tsunami, again
Waving your powerful whip
That shine and cloud are alike,
So are feared death and birth,
In the bosom of the Lord
Where breeze and hurricane originate.

Sing your song again and again
To our mortal deafness
So we hearken
To the Godness we are,
So we don't shiver
And mourn when again
Our morns fail to shine.

Make us sing this song,
Again and again,
So we shall face
With a tight upper-lip
The destiny of the dinosaurs
If He so wills.
For, we then no more fear
Extinction on this oasis
As we sure will survive
As the spark that shines
The world and the tsunami you.


More By  :  Madathil Rajendran Nair

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