Japan - Images, Drama, Poetry and ?

Hi

Images
I received this link from a photographer friend of mine:
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2011/03/13/world/asia/satellite-photos-japan-before-and-after-tsunami.html
It is a large set of before/after satellite overlays of the disaster areas. They are aligned so you can draw a bar across to do precise A-B ing.


Drama
I was looking for spoken word stuff about the disaster in Japan and came upon this:

Delphinideaa on Youtube, is an actress who devised a quiz whereby she makes a contribution to aid for Japan, every time someone gets it right … go to Youtube and do the following search:

Poem for Japan (quiz)

She’s rolled her sleeves up, done the self-questioning needed to balance her conscience and soul, and has made her move. I wrote her the following message:


Hi, Delphinideaa

I appreciate how you have organized this quiz, and thank you for the contributions you have committed to make.

Here is the work my friends and I did to mourn and honour the victims of the Haiti Quake, and to salute those who work to assist them:

http://haiti.bandcamp.com

We are in the early stages of our response to this recent disaster, but we present this as our salute to you who have jumped to it.

I emphasise that I’m NOT hinting that you should buy anything. You are a fellow artist, already doing your bit, and should merely sit awhile and enjoy it.

Meanwhile, I will create a thread at > http://www.steinberg.net/forum/
It will be in a private ‘registered owners’ section’, so sadly you won’t be able to see it.

I will let people know what you are doing, and will invite them to visit you.

Best wishes
Glyn Powell

…?

I’d originally intended to post the above and have done with it, however, it occurs to me, while we are sorting out musical responses elsewhere, there are other expressions which it may make sense to share here. Surfer’s done a words- and-art response … I’ll contact him and ask if he’s willing for it to be included here. And here’s a welcome to all and any others.

All the best
Glyn

Good work, Glyn, reaching out to her like that.
That’s quite a powerful video/poem she did there with a moving delivery.
Is it too early for things like that? I don’t think so. It sounded to me like
she’d been right there in the thick of it, and what she saw pushed her straight to the page.

Cheers Glyn, nice gesture.

Those A-B images are shocking, what a mess…

Good PDF on the BWR reactor design, who thought a giant nuclear powered pressure cooker was a good idea?

http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/basic-ref/teachers/03.pdf

here is a Tanka form poem I did yesterday

Late flowers need help
to grow through mud and debris
past silent children
we bury tears with the dead
and fertilize a new spring

Ted Barrett 3/18/2011

Beautiful, Ted, and nice to see you here.

+1

Thank you so much for sharing both of these, Ted :slight_smile:

:applause:
:thumbsup:

here’s a rough cut at some lyrics if anyone is interested - Nai No Kami is the god of earthquakes in Japanese mythology

[Verse]
Nai No Kami walked the land
turned solid rock to piles of sand
tsunami from an angry sea
came too fast for any to flee

[Verse]
Bloody tears from a Rising Sun
break a dawn we never thought would come
air’s not safe and the water is foul
from the hills we hear wolves howl

[Chorus]
Mama-san finds a shovel
makes a broom, cleans her house
no roof no walls only rubble
shares her rice with a tiny mouse
hides her grief from the child
only speaks of a better day
though she knows the land’s gone wild
grace and strength are the Nippon way

[Verse]
We survived, we are the living
the little left is for giving
rebuild the house honour the shrine
when all are safe we will dine

[Chorus]
Mama-san finds a shovel
makes a broom, cleans her house
no roof no walls only rubble
shares her rice with a tiny mouse
hides her grief from the child
only speaks of a better day
though she knows the land’s gone wild
grace and strength are the Nippon way

Ted Barrett 3/20/2011

Wow, great lyric there!