Aftermath

Original Text: 

Collected Poems of Raymond Souster, Vol. 10: 1996-2000 (Ottawa: Oberon Press, 2004): 68. PS 8537 O87A17 Robarts Library

2man and his puny buildings down,
3without bitterness,
4on this side street in Kobe,
5rescue workers with swift
6tender, caring hands,
7give man's answer back.

Notes

1] On January 17, 1995, for twenty seconds, the Hyogo-Ken Nanbu earthquake, with a magnitude of 7.2 on the Richter scale, killed over 5,500 people, injured more than 26,000, and left 300,000 homeless in and near the Japanese city of Kobe. Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
1996
Publication Notes: 

Close to Home (Ottawa: Oberon Press, 1996)

RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
2006
Special Copyright: 

© 2004 Collected Poems of Raymond Souster, Vol. 10: 1996-2000 Oberon Press (from which written permission to reproduce must be obtained in advance).