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2011 Japanese Tsunami Haiku

Updated on July 8, 2016

What Can I Do To Help Japan?

That is what I asked myself after I saw all the footage this week of the 2011 Japanese Tsunami. The power this world has amazes me. We can think we are big and bad and can take on anything as human beings, but when the planet decides it is going to do something, nothing can get in its way. If you have seen some of the videos, you will see this Tsunami actually picked up houses and carried away.

I'm putting this lens together to post some of the haiku I have written about the Tsunami. I am hoping those of you who come here to read what I have written will take the time to make a donation to the Red Cross Disaster relief fund, or find another way to help support those in Japan. Everything this lens makes will go to the charity called "Save the Children." They are sending a team to Japan to help the children who have been displaced there. If you want to help, take advantage of any of the offers available below.

The Sound of Water - Haiku by Basho, Buson, Issa, and Other Poets

This is a calming book of haiku. There is something zen about it. The procedes made by each sale will go to help the charity called "Save the Children." It will look great on your coffee table.

The Haiku - We Are Thinking About You

By Robert T Gasperson

First there's an earthquake

Then the ocean surges in.

Destroys everything

The ground should be still;

Something sturdy to stand on;

But not on this day.

The floor is moving.

It's shifting beneath my feet.

Can't keep my balance.

Shelves and cabinets

Are dropping all they can hold.

Then they fall over.

All the people brace

Trying not to be buried,

Hoping they don't die.

When the shaking stops

It takes a few moments for

People to come out.

Eyes slowly open

Fear burning deep within her

Tears flowing from him

Everything destroyed.

There is nothing left standing

'Cept maybe our pride.

It was not over.

Nature had one more surprise

For us to endure.

Everyone wide eyed

Watched as a wave crashed towards them

Washing them away.

It just kept coming.

A flow without a retreat.

Or a thought to stop.

I will not Look back;

I know I can't out run it;

But I won't give up.

Up on higher ground

All there was for me to do

Was to stand and watch.

No longer water

But a powerful demon

Bent on destruction.

A Powerful Wave

Relentless Wall of Water

Kept Moving Inland.

Seventy Percent

Water Covers Our Planet

Controls Everything.

Nothing I could do.

The beast just picked it all up

And took it away.

We only survived

Because we're always prepared

And there was warning.

I will lift my prayers

For those who did not make it

My prayers and my tears.

Being pushed inland

Was only the beginning.

Then it receded.

The Water is Gone

And the ground is not shaking.

Now there's a Meltdown.

They say it's not bad.

They have it under control.

I sure hope they're right.

Now they've changed their mind.

Radiation is leaking

Threatens everyone.

Amongst the Damage

Feelings are overwhelming

Brings her to her knees.

Emotions are Strong,

But I must set them aside

So we can rebuild.

The VlogBrothers Think About Japan - March 15, 2011

I like to listen to these guys. They always have something interesting to say. This was a nice video letting the Japanese know we are thinking about them and doing everything we can to help them.

Writing Haiku is a Passion

I guess you could say I started writing haiku when I was in grade school. The teachers told us how a haiku was written. They didn't really go into depth as to what the Haiku's should be about. So I wrote them about whatever I wanted to.

As I grew up and and I started finding an interest in writing I turn to Haiku to remove some of the thoughts and feelings out of my mind. I was able to write down what I was feeling or experiencing within only three lines of text.

I discovered a poet in the early 1900s who wrote 20,000 vicunas lifetime. His lifetime was only 33 years. I thought if he could write 20,000 then I could write a 50,000. I'm close to 2000 right now. I've been writing these for five or six years. This rate I am hoping I lived to be another 80 or 90 years old. Either that or I'm going to have to start writing faster.

Your Thoughts about the Disaster Here. - Lets Remember Them

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    • Yukiko Takemoto profile image

      Yukiko Takemoto 

      2 years ago from New York, USA

      Hello Robert,

      Thank you so much for writing such a beautiful Haiku - We Are Thinking About You. I wish I had discovered Hubpages and read your post back when the catastrophe occurred. I am a new Hubber and Japanese, and have just posted my first Hub dedicating to my country. We are in deep reflection during the month of March. Thank you again for your kind message in this post.

    • puerdycat lm profile image

      puerdycat lm 

      7 years ago

      Looks like voting-fo-poems is out of order. Doesn't recognized signed-in members!

    • sheriangell profile image


      7 years ago

      A beautiful Haiku and a wonderful lens. Blessed today by a Squid Angel.

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      7 years ago

      I'm giving to the Salvation Army for shelter for all the dislocated Japanese on all my lenses on Japan - I have several. Great Haiku! I also enjoyed the YouTube videos.

    • rgasperson lm profile imageAUTHOR

      Robert T Gasperson 

      7 years ago from South Carolina

      @Virginia Allain: Thank You. I am enjoying the writing and hoping the lens will help those in need. It is set for 100% of the earnings to go to the charity Save the Children. All the publicity the better.

    • Virginia Allain profile image

      Virginia Allain 

      7 years ago from Central Florida

      This is a remarkable way to apply the power of your pen. I'm forwarding this to my haiku-writing sister to see what she can come up with. Blessed by a passing Squid Angel.

    • UKGhostwriter profile image


      7 years ago

      Fantastic lens!!

    • MargoPArrowsmith profile image


      7 years ago

      This is the kind of thing that the Red Cross does best

    • Jack2205 profile image


      7 years ago

      Blessed by the Charity Angel.

    • Pearldiver LM profile image

      Pearldiver LM 

      7 years ago

      Wow.. was this about the Christchurch Earthquake? Because from first hand experience very few buildings collapsed in Japan.. they were all braced. Different situation in ChCh where they weren't braced and did fall over like your poems. Japan's damage human was done by the Tsunami, not the quake! There, needed to tell you that, I have 3 friends in SAR who left ChCh after recovering the bodies of other kiwis and now are in Japan salvaging bodies from there! I actually published a true Haiku Tribute to Japan on this site a few days ago.... you have probably seen it... good luck on your fundraising.. nice to meet you... I write more Traditional Haiku - take care.

    • rgasperson lm profile imageAUTHOR

      Robert T Gasperson 

      7 years ago from South Carolina

      @sousababy: Thank you for all the help. I appreciate it. I thought it was some good work. I am going to spend some more time today writing haiku. I am not done with this sad inspiration.

    • sousababy profile image


      7 years ago

      So inspiring and healing, had to feature it on my:

      lens too.

    • sousababy profile image


      7 years ago

      Lensrolled to my: Squidoo people with a good heart, Contest Winners for Squidoo people with a good heart, Haiku to make you laugh, International Children's Day, Safe Water a Human Right and Women's Day is TODAY. Hope it helps!

    • sousababy profile image


      7 years ago

      Fabulous work Robert, I shall be adding it as a 2nd feature to your other lens on my goofy Haiku one and lensrolling this to many. Keep up the amazing work, Rose

    • rgasperson lm profile imageAUTHOR

      Robert T Gasperson 

      7 years ago from South Carolina

      @Diana Wenzel: This haiku is awesome. Thank you for sharing it.

    • rgasperson lm profile imageAUTHOR

      Robert T Gasperson 

      7 years ago from South Carolina

      @clouda9 lm: Thank you so much. I appreciate it.

    • clouda9 lm profile image

      clouda9 lm 

      7 years ago

      Your Haiku was so powerful! Thank you for building this labor of love for the ongoing tragedy in Japen. Lensrolled and featured on Squidoo Hearts to Japan. *Blessed too!

    • Diana Wenzel profile image

      Renaissance Woman 

      7 years ago from Colorado

      spirit to spirit

      joined so no one's an island

      fate rides the same wave

    • sidther lm profile image

      sidther lm 

      7 years ago

      Featured in my Psychological impact of the crisis in Japan lens. Beautiful Haiku and thank you!

    • chezchazz profile image


      7 years ago from New York

      As the parent of a son and "daughter" who live in Tokyo, I thank you for this lens. You have added a moment of peace to my day.

    • annieangel1 profile image


      7 years ago from Yorkshire, England

      thoughts for all out there

      that they may survive these days

      hope love wins the day


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