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The Cries Of Our Planet ...( Dedicated to Japan )

Updated on March 12, 2011

I was asked by a friend from Hubpages, ThisIsMyLife9123, who has friends and family in Japan that were affected by this tragedy, to write a poem in dedication to them.


I felt honored that she asked, and I tried my hardest to make it the best that I could for her, and for everyone suffering from the earthquake and tsunami




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The sirens sound

the earth rumbles

glass rains down

walls crumble



This couldn’t be prepared for…



Not much time for warnings

not many places to hide

routines abruptly interrupted

changing the rest of lives



Suffering will surely follow…



Towering walls of ocean

pushing unto the land

erasing what they worked for

dealing a tragic hand


How could they have known

that this was approaching

when all they could feel

was the water surrounding?



Everything they knew was erased …



Earth’s power unleashed

devastating their cities

tearing apart homes

ripping apart hearts

may they find peace

asking God…please



They’re looking for their loved ones...




If we could imagine

the hurt that they’re feeling

if we could comprehend

the pain that they’re in

our hearts would go out

sending our thoughts

outpouring of love

giving our prayers

to the One up above



There is power within hope...



Disaster can strike

at any given moment

may we cherish each one

and live to the fullest


Let us care truly

for our fellow man

whose hurt is so deep

as much as we can



We’re all connected through our humanity…



Japan

America

it matters not where

we mustn’t take for granted

a single day that we share







- Written for Thisismylife and the people of Japan -


© copyright Ben D.A 2011


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Bbnix mentioned these websites regarding help and donations:


http://redcross.org/

http://savethechildren.org/

http://internationalmedicalcorps.org/




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      BenWritings 5 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee

      chanroth - thanks for reading through tears :]

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      chanroth 5 years ago from California, USA

      I was afraid to read this at first because tragedy bring tears to my eyes...but I read it anyway and yeah...tears form my eyes...God bless Japan! This was a beautiful poem! Thank you for sharing.

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      Scarface1300 5 years ago

      A chilling reminder of such a Tragic event. Written with heart and soul... Beautiful...Thank you for this.

      Voted UP and Awesome

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      Uriel 6 years ago from Lebanon

      Ben i am really glad i saw this one :D it is a masterpiece!!! Love love it Love love it Love love it ~

      I don't know what to say but it is a translation of what humanity means :D [glad to see this one though a little bit late :)]

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      BenWritings 6 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee

      thank you cheerfulnuts, I hope it did :]

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      cheerfulnuts 6 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Beautiful poem. Almost brought tears to my eyes. Thanks for sharing.

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      BenWritings 6 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee

      thank you treasure tweet

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      Treasure Tweet 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Empathizing with those that are hurting...!.

      Nice 'un...keep it up,Ben.

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      BenWritings 6 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee

      Thank you kindly, Sunnie :]

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      Sunnie Day 6 years ago

      Beautiful Ben..you did Japan honor..

      Sunnie

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      BenWritings 6 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee

      Thank you No_Clue, this one is the ONE poem I was hoping to reach the furthest, and it did

      It has the most views and comments out of any of my hubs.

      My job is done, for the people I wrote about, and for Cheyenne, who asked me to write it. :]

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      No_Clue 6 years ago

      figuratively, Ben, figuratively! smile...still a most moving write!

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      BenWritings 6 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee

      thanks crystolite, it was and is, indeed

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      Emma 6 years ago from Houston TX

      Interesting article that is still lamenting on the disaster that came upon japan,it was really terrible.

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      BenWritings 6 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee

      Thanks very much, No_Clue, but it is keys of a keyboard that I wield more effectively ;]

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      No_Clue 6 years ago

      This write touched me deeply. You wield a powerful pen, Master Ben...I commend you!

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      BenWritings 6 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee

      thank you McHamlet. I will check out your hubs, I have heard about you

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      Paul Buckle 6 years ago

      Well done Ben on a thoughtful and sensitive work. As you said we shouldn't take a single day for granted. Peace.

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      BenWritings 6 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee

      Nellie - thanks again *hug*

      suncat - thank you, I hope so

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      suncat 6 years ago

      This is a wonderful poem.

      May be someone's day will be just a bit brighter when they read it.

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      That is really wonderful news, Ben! All of it! Hugs.

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      BenWritings 6 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee

      Nellie - Glad you found this one, and yes, this is terrible...I have never been so affected by world events. And now it's getting even worse due to man-made creations. Ugh...

      Thanks so much for the compliments. By the way, she found out her family and friends are ok, and it appears some of them have read this poem, which is great! I just want this one to be spread further...

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Anyone who watches the news and is aware of he devastation in Japan - and other places in the Pacific - and isn't touched to the fullest would have to be numb. It is heart rending to see the human suffering and overall devastation of a whole land, a land which rebuilt itself after other tragedies, a land which has given us and the world so much for which to be grateful. My heart cries for them for this enormous blow.

      Ben, your poem is so expressive of the sense of loss and tragedy being suffered and of all our deep concern. As others have said in comments here - if only there were more we could DO to alleviate it. Your poem helps to express it, dear poet; and my feeling goes out for your friend, ThisIsMyLife123 and her loved ones who are affected, as well as others who also have first-hand concerns. And for those of us who simply feel it deeply, it is succinctly expressed, as well. Thank you.

      Well done, my dear friend.

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      Matshidiso Perkins 6 years ago

      Psalm 91: A thousand shall fall at thy side, ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come neigh thee. "There is power within hope" because God never created tsunamis to destroy His own creation, and the enemy can be defeated, "He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings thou shalt trust: His truth shall be thy shield and buckler" May their souls find peace! beautiful poem!

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      Humphrey Humjoe 6 years ago

      I must thank you for having such a sympathetic heart. I join my own voice to that of the whole world to comment your well articulated poem. You could imagine what our Brethren suffered. oh! what a tragedy.

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      BenWritings 6 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee

      shezoe - I've gotten more thank yous on this one than any other. the response to this has been awesome. thanks a lot :]

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      SheZoe 6 years ago from Idaho, USA

      Thank you for writing this. i think it prob'ly speaks for us all right now

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      BenWritings 6 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee

      thank you Nikki :]

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      Nikkij504gurl 6 years ago from Louisiana

      very good ben. she was right in asking you to write a dedication poem. Disaster can strike at any given moment, at any given place, it does not discriminate.

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      BenWritings 6 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee

      arb - thanks for those awesomely kind words! I am really happy with the response to this one. It's overwhelming. Thanks for the support

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      arb 6 years ago from oregon

      Ben, I revel in your gift of writing. I delight in your muses of darkness. I chukle at your incantations. They are praise which feed moments in our lives. Compassion drowns them all and collects to itself instead, the heart that cries for his fellow man. There my praises will fall insufficient. Your heart is praise sufficient to reveal who you are to you and has no need of embelishment. Well done my friend.

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      BenWritings 6 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee

      AngRose, thank you very much for that, and please help spread it. I wanted this one to matter, to make an impact...

      Thanks again

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      AngRose 6 years ago

      Beautiful and heartfelt Ben. Thank you for taking your time and writing this emotional plea. And so glad to see in the comments that your friends family are fine! I have been praying since I heard. The devastation is tragic, and this type of thing is what will help heal.

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      BenWritings 6 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee

      That's wonderful to hear Jhen, thanks that means so much!

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      jhen_from davao.. 6 years ago

      It was a wonderful poem,,written from the heart,..It would really help the burden of the tsunami victims by just reading this one.We are glad there are still people who really care for other especially when tragedy like this comes our way..Godbless Ben..

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      BenWritings 6 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee

      Thanks chemist

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      ImChemist 6 years ago

      Nice hub , thanks.

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      BenWritings 6 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee

      thanks essi :]

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      essiheart 6 years ago from Chicago, IL

      Very glad you made this. It's a beautiful dedication to such a tragic event.

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      BenWritings 6 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee

      silver - thanks much, glad you stopped by :]

      epi da man - when I get time I will look into those, thanks for your visit and kind words!

      melody - thanks glad you liked it

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      Melody L Williams 6 years ago

      Beautiful.

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      epigramman 6 years ago

      ....well the Mayan calendar apparently says the end of our world will be in 2012 so I figure I've got about a year of enjoying what you write - what a way to go - at least I will be going out with the 'best' ....and a homework assignment for you Sir Ben - Go to You Tube and look for the film ON THE BEACH - but to find it there you may have to type in NEVIL SHUTE'S ON THE BEACH - he's the author - and the film from the late 50's is one of the most moving documents of the end of the world ever documented on film - and because I'm on a film kick here - as long as we all huddled together here on this earth still alive - check out DO THE RIGHT THING -(again can be found on You Tube) ...Spike Lee's watershed film, about possibly the end of human relations in New York City and a film in my humble opinion which is essential and should be shown in every classroom in the world - on how people should try and get along .....

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      SilverGenes 6 years ago

      Ben, thank you for sharing this hopeful and loving piece with all of us. You are so right. We are all connected, all family. I can't add another thing to this comment except that my heart hurts for everyone struggling through this terrible tragedy.

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      BenWritings 6 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee

      always exploring - thanks so much

      vietnam - I appreciate that, and all the great comments I've gotten on this one, thanks

      randy - you're very welcome, and thank YOU!

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      Randy Behavior 6 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Thanks for writing this, for all of us Ben.

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      vietnamvet68 6 years ago from New York State

      This is a beautiful and heart touching piece that you have written Ben and our thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Japan and the suffering they are going through.

      God Bless you for this beautiful write.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This is so beautiful Ben. You were able to capture the emotions and the pain of this horrible catastrophe, hopefully we will not forget this day and remember that really the world is not that big and each person is important. Thank you. Your writing is excellent.

      Smiles

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      BenWritings 6 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee

      thisismylife - that's awesome, I am glad you liked it, and sharing it with your friends would be wonderful. Thanks so much

      acer - no problem, acer, thanks :]

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      Mentalist acer 6 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      Thanks for sharing this important emotion of tradgedy Ben.;)

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      Cheyenne Barroga 6 years ago from Salt lake city, UT

      look at how many people you reached with this. at least now people are starting to care. i'm so glad that you wrote this. my family and friends are fine. i've gotten in touch with them and they said that the worst is over. you say the videos were scary? you should have been there, one of my friends told me. i am going to translate this and share it with all of them.

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      BenWritings 6 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee

      That's great, I'm glad that a lot of people that weren't following me have gotten a chance to read this!

      I'm blown away by the number of views and comments, thank you

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      Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India

      saddlerider - one of my favourites - on FB.

      I'm so glad I did :)

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      BenWritings 6 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee

      shalini - thank you very much! Just out of curiosity, how did you come across this hub?

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      Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India

      Touching, heart-wrenchingly beautiful!

      'may we cherish each one

      and live to the fullest'

      So important for all of us no matter where we are!

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      BenWritings 6 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee

      Rafini- thank you very much, I'm glad you related well to this one, and yes, we are all human. We should help each other, care for one another...it's so sad how we seem to only come together in crisis!

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      Rafini 6 years ago from Somewhere I can't get away from

      This is beautiful, just beautiful, and with a powerful impact. May we all appreciate the world around us and our neighbors across the globe. Thank you for sharing, and for reminding us we're all connected through humanity.

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      BenWritings 6 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee

      Thanks bbnix for the read, and the links. I will add them to my hub

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      bbnix 6 years ago from Southern California

      An excellent effort Ben for a most serious point of concern for us all.

      To help, according to CNN's Money Webpage the best organizations to donate to who already have people on the ground to help are:

      http://redcross.org/

      http://savethechildren.org/

      http://internationalmedicalcorps.org/

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      BenWritings 6 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee

      thanks g-ma... the videos of the tsunami were unlike anything I have ever seen...it's mind blowing

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      Merle Ann Johnson 6 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Very nice my dear...it is tragic for humanity...We so misuse what we have, we are so stubborn in taking care of Mother Nature...Water and air are so esstenial and we abuse it all.

      My Prayers have been continued daily for a better world and now also for Japan...It is just unbelieveable to see the photo's but a good thing, cause we need to see.

      God Bless you my dear you are a wonderful friend to your friend...:O) Hugs G-Ma

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      BenWritings 6 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee

      Thanks for the read wcg101

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      wcg101nonprofit 6 years ago from Asia/Africa

      No words will be enough and there is no speech strong enough to express my heart felt sympathy for the Japanese victims of quake I can only ask for God to have mercy and that help will arrive fast for those who are now trapped ,hungry and thirsty I sincerely wish that they will be rescued and fast. The death toll troubles me.

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      BenWritings 6 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee

      Genna - thanks, this is one poem I REALLY want people to read, I want to share this with everyone, and them share it with everyone, and I just want to believe that we're all connected ya know?

      Its heartbreaking, and it's terrifying, what's going on in the world.

      Thank you for reading

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      Genna East 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Beautiful tribute and stunning words, Ben. This has been so tragic for the Japanese people, and your words show tremendous heart and understanding. Rated up and awesome.

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      BenWritings 6 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee

      erth - I was hoping you would see this. Thank you very much.

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      erthfrend 6 years ago from Florida

      What a beautiful dedication, you wrote it from your heart and I could feel the sincerity. "we mustn't take for granted a single day that we share"...how true, how perfectly said. Thank you for writing this.

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      BenWritings 6 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee

      Thanks for asking me to write it, it was an honor, and flattering. I have been really upset lately about this, I feel so bad for these people, and the news rarely affects me that much.

      I hope you find out soon I really do!

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      Cheyenne Barroga 6 years ago from Salt lake city, UT

      ...thank you so much, ben. you are amazing. i wish that my family and friends could read this. hontoni arigatou gozaimasu, shinyu.

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      BenWritings 6 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee

      lizzybeth - thanks a lot, I almost cried watching the news today. I am glad I wrote it too

      Faybe - That's flattering, thank you!

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      Faye Constantino 6 years ago from Florida

      So beautifully done, thank you for writing this. I had no words...

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      Elizabeth99 6 years ago from Milwaukee, WI

      I can't even imagine having my life just swept away like that, it would be awful. All of those people who just lost everything they worked so hard for...my heart goes out to them. Ben, am sure everyone, including myself, is very thankful you wrote this.

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      BenWritings 6 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee

      thanks very much saddle...

      Since I have never been asked to write a dedication, I wanted this to be impacting and powerful. I appreciate your comment. This one means a lot, I have been really saddened by watching the news lately

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      saddlerider1 6 years ago

      Dear Ben my friend you have a huge heart and I am truly blessed that you were kind enough to share this tragic event with your fellow hubbers, I am honored. I have been sitting most of my day watching all the tragic events unfold on CNN.

      I am truly saddened by this catastrophic event, may me all bow our heads in a moment of prayer and thankfulness and like you say in your poem, stay united and connected.

      This shows us how vulnerable us humans are to mother nature, this is not a time for arrogance but humility to our planet. We can all be swept away at any given moment. Beautifully done my friend, Bravo rated up.

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      mckbirdbks 6 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Excellent BenWritings

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      BenWritings 6 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee

      I appreciate all of your comments, this one is special to me, and to her...please spread the word, thanks :]

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      Vickie Bovender 6 years ago from Southeastern US

      Beautifully done.

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      Uni_te 6 years ago

      This was beautiful, I loved it.

      I wish, you know, there was something I could do.

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      Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      God Bless Japan and everyone that is affected by this terrible tragedy and all the of their losses. Beautiful poem!

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