Viewing the pictures of destruction caused
by the massive quake
and tsunami following in its wake,
one has seen it all before, it seems a phase
re-enacted of Hiroshima and Nagasaki,
the never-to-be-repeated here unmistake-
able, a re-infliction on the Japanese race,
that first time in war, this time in peace,
but both of providence, a case
for déjà vu in the eyes of the world to make.
What re-enactment is here?
In that war, to be pitied not the less,
when two cities were flattened by the blasts,
Japan’s military might wiped out at such cost
to its citizens; re-invented from the dust
of radio-active fallout, Japan, to rise to the heights
in a post-war world, everywhere
its product brand names; it could never
happen again – only as a shadow of the past
its very foundations might quake with the terror.