April 4: worker


walking in and
cleaning up debris
from earthquake
and tsunami.


radiation eating
greedily with flecks
of meat being spat
as a sneeze blows
her foul wind to
the city reminiscent
of another day.


loving glances
towards pictures
of grandchildren
deep sighs and placing
one foot in front
of the other
walking in
cleaning up debris.


For National Poetry Month and the Writing Prompt of Poetic Asides (choose a type of person) and NaPoWriMo


Thank you to Fiveloaf for giving me the Creative Blogger Award!  If you haven't checked out his writing, you must!

Categories: Poetry Post-a-Day


  1. vivinfrance said on April 4, 2011
    Very sympathetically written. The whole scene is so horrendous, but you have done it justice
  2. ladynimue said on April 4, 2011
    wonderful thoguht on the prompt ! Liked this :)
  3. easylifestyles said on April 4, 2011
    I love poetry and I really enjoy reading your blog. Thanks for sharing this post. Feel free to stop by sometime. Raining Purple Rain
  4. trisha said on April 5, 2011
    the poem was very touching jane. beautiful tribute to these real life heroes. i wonder how is everything in japan. its unsettling and sad.
  5. John Evans said on April 5, 2011
    Your Blog is super!! Well deserving of a Creative Blog Award. "Worker" is quite a tribute to the 'heroes' of Japan. This poem made me weep and shout for joy. Thank you.
  6. honeyhaiku said on April 5, 2011
    Wonderful tribute to those toiling on the ground day in and out for their countrymen!
  7. Jingle said on April 8, 2011
    real yet stunning.. fantastic piece, welcome, thanks for coming...
  8. Nice write! I think these workers are just more than heroes even, my goodness! There are no words I could use to express how I feel thinking about their dedication and the gift of themselves for humanity, nothing. Enjoy the rally! http://lynnaima.wordpress.com/2011/04/09/cosmic-entanglements/
  9. Gently Mad said on April 8, 2011
    I like your poetry. We all have to keep them in our prayers.
  10. PinkLady said on April 8, 2011
    what a sad reality... but your words are lovely! keep on writing... http://pinklady-bing.blogspot.com/2011/04/remembrance.html
  11. meirozavian said on April 9, 2011
    beautiful written, love it.
  12. lunawitch15 said on April 9, 2011
    Again I have to say, I truly love your writing. it realy moves me. please don'tever stop. Luna
    1. Terri said on April 9, 2011
      Thank you so much! I am humbled.
  13. Nonsense file said on April 10, 2011
    The tragedy and suffering are painfully evident. And yet your lines are fitting tribute to the heroes of Japan. Good work!
  14. NcMerci said on April 10, 2011
    the "hero." really envoked a lot of feeling for me. It made me care even more and made me realize the everyday heroes that are there to help. Awesome poem. thank you.
  15. dragonkatet said on April 10, 2011
    Congrats on the award! Thanks for taking the time to honor those who toil in such horrible conditions to clean up the tragedy. It's nice to know there are other poets who try to spread awareness of those people, those heroes in the world who make a difference! :) Well done.
  16. OAul said on April 12, 2011
    Good gutsy write - difficult topic to do well, and you manage it. Thanks
  17. Vinay said on April 13, 2011
    good thoughts, and we've to think of those people in our thoughts. well said! Rally Week 41 - My Poetry
  18. Melissa said on April 13, 2011
    I have to say well said and a sad and wonderful reflection of times past. Thank you for sharing
  19. Ibro2g said on April 13, 2011
    great cause driven, good work
  20. irisdeurmyer said on April 14, 2011
    I like the depth of your poetry. Pain shared lessens it. Thanks for writing. Iris

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