Dreaming in the Field of Tohoku

Every once in a while one of my readers uses one of my images as a catalyst to write a poem.  I’m always enormously flattered.  Maureen of the marvelous blog Writing Without Paper recently wrote this after seeing my Field of White Wonder image and still contemplating, as we all are, the incomprehensible tsunami. . . . first the image again. . .

Dreaming in the Field of Tohoku

by Maureen

Her dream
was in the field

of water
it, too, bleached

ivory
an off-shore snow

of pearls
like beads

tumbling
through sea grit

cycling
scrubbed smooth

as ice sheets
not yet

the spoils
of Tohoku

retracting
erecting

pulling up
raising a wall

of silence
glacial in attitude

white-capped
its jet-speed blast

meant to blind
the count

leave numbers
of bodies

a question mark.

Above
and elsewhere

clouds mass
into a white-out condition

soundless
as birds touching

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