“Cry, My Beloved Islands”


Cry, My Beloved Islands

After the fierceness of the anger
of the winds,
the habitations of my people
are mere matchsticks standing
in the sand,
multitudes walk no more:
fathers, mothers and children,
lifeless in the war-torn pavements
as torrential rainwaters
pelt their gelid flesh —

Cry, my beloved islands,
let your tears join the salty waters
that pilfered and ravaged
the pearls of life,
appease the ocean,
implore the seas
for calm,
for time to allow
the living to arise
and face another day.

D. G. Vachal © 2013

… I have been preoccupied with the devastation of one of the most severe hurricanes ever recorded, Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) that hit so close to home. Thankfully, my family was spared, but countless in my hometown and neighboring islands are suffering immeasurable losses and pain. In a few hours, I will fly halfway around the world to be with them.

Mango trees all uprooted...

Mango trees all uprooted…


*** photography courtesy of Sarah Lynn  

50 thoughts on ““Cry, My Beloved Islands”

  1. So sorry to hear of their loss, and such widespread devastation there. I will pray for those there and their needs. God bless you as you go to be near them.

  2. I’ve read of the devastation and seen the news videos – terrible and horrific.

    Glad that your loved ones were spared but also praying for the less fortunate.

    Peace and prayers,

  3. I’m sincerely sorry sweet friend ~I, too, have very many friends there and, they’re all well but, the fear can choke the spirit itself ! They have our prayers always and, I believe God is watching and embracing them. He’ll not abandon them Dee~ Faithfully your friend~Deb

  4. Such a powerful poem, Dee. I am so sorry for the devastion of this storm. My heartful thoughts and prayers are with you and your family and your countrymen and women. I was so taken by your poem I felt compelled to recite it. You can find it here:
    [audio src="http://webspace.webring.com/people/lm/mostlypoetry/audio/cry_my_beloved_islands.mp3" /]

  5. God Bless, as we stand together in prayer for all those loved and lost and those suffering and survived this catastrophic horrifying event that made thousands homeless and taken so many too many lives. May the Lord give you strength and courage and shine his love upon you all in his grace, in jesus name AMEN 😦 xxx

  6. And we shall go with you – through our prayers and our silences, you shall know us. I feel the heartbreak of this piece, and yet the tearful joy of knowing many are safe. Dee, may your trip be blessed, and may your smile provide refuge for those who are broken. My love to you, beautiful friend. ~ Bobbie

    • Truly I feel you all beside me through your prayers and silences, and I see the light and beauty shining through the broken places, the wasteland and the fallen trees. And the children will hear the songs i carry with me through your love and caring. My heart overflows. Thank you so much, Bobbie. Love, Dee

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