A wave of a thousand bodies by Donna Snyder

Earth quake in Japan
(registered in Texas)
Gargantuan waves
Bodies and buildings swept to sea
On shore nuclear melt down
Fuel rods stripped and dry
No water but the excess sea
Japan assures its people and the world
everything is “contained”
Go, go Godzilla

A wave of one thousand bodies
On shore nothing but debris
The smell of Death
Officials report no more body bags
Overcapacity crematoria
No shelter
No water
No food

A wave of a thousand bodies
The land of a thousand cranes
The sins of someone else’s fathers
visited upon children born of the H bomb
Martial law
Travel restrictions
Entire towns obliterated
Nothing left but rubble
The smell of Death everywhere

And on the other side of the world
zealots speak of divine retribution
Denounce godless materialists and atheists
Pray to an angry father whose impenetrable greatness
is not at all complex to the true believers
a greatness that calls for scourge and animosity
and the smell of Death everywhere

Radioactivity spans the world in days
hits the Pacific coast of North America
The U.S.A. assures its people “No cause for alarm”
“Just a little soap and water
and all better” (says the U.S. Navy)

A precipitous drop in the Nikkei due to the calamities
Japan’s banks vow to flood money markets with yen
The projected costs of repairs are in the trillions
The temples of the gods of Hydrogen unappeased
Wall Street is insecure
Just how many more deaths can the market bear?

The per share cost of power
measured in terms of Hello, Kitty backpacks
abandoned by little girls lost to the sea

Published in the collection Poemas ante el Catafalco:  Grief and Renewal (Chimbarazu Press:  New York, New York 2014). 

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