Tuesday, October 30, 2012

after Sandy

 Hunkered down yesterday, watching the wind gust and blow.




This morning tree limbs and branches everywhere.

But it's nothing compared to what's going on in New York and New Jersey.

“Although the wind ...”

BY IZUMI SHIKIBU
TRANSLATED BY JANE HIRSHFIELD AND MARIKO ARATANI
Although the wind
blows terribly here,
the moonlight also leaks
between the roof planks
of this ruined house.

                            -poem via The Poetry Foundation

19 comments:

  1. Hello Jen and Greetings from Ireland

    I am so glad that you are safe and well.

    I feel for your countrymen/women it
    must be dreadful.

    Trees down not good, but at least no "real" damage done.

    Take care of yourself

    x Fiona

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  2. No we have no problems comparatively speaking.

    What a nightmare.

    Glad you "weathered the storm".

    xo jane

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  3. Hello Gen, I'm glad that you had such limited damage. Your waterfall must be a violent torrent with all this added input.
    --Road to Parnassus

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  4. Wondered how Washington County fared. Glad to hear it wasn't too bad...

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    1. Hmmm...Washington County? Catskills house is in Delaware County, which had no flooding, just some power outages and lots of trees down. Above is at my Mass. house in Norfolk County.

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  5. Hello Jen

    Happy to hear all is well in your area. We are also grateful and like you just wind, power outages and fallen trees and signs.
    Thanks for sharing the uplifting poem

    Helen xx

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  6. How nerve wracking! Glad everything is okay. Two hundred trees came down in the town where my son lives in CT, but their power managed to stay on. I just can't imagine Manhattan...

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  7. Happy you're safe and sound. Love the haiku. So visual.

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  8. Glad you are safe but we have been watching what has been going on in New Jersey and New York with horror. Hopefully things will soon get back to relative normality but its been horrific hasnt it?

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    1. It's hard to grasp. Some will get back to normal quickly, others it will be a very long time.

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  9. It looks a giant storm that lodge many tree limbs!
    And it amazing that you've imaged moon light through the lines by Izumi Shikibu. Thank you for indroduce the excellent translation!

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    1. I thought of you when I found that poem.

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  10. Watched the storm hour to hour.. I am glad that all is well in your area Jen.
    Lucky that no trees fell on the house.
    It was an awful hurricane.

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  11. Hello Jen:
    We are so pleased to hear that you are safe and well. Others have been far less fortunate and our hearts go out to them.

    A lovely poem.

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  12. Glad that you're safe Jen. It must have been incredibly frightening. xx

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  13. I have been thinking about you dear Jen... and all fo those people harmed by this terrible situatin.
    I hoe they'll get the help they need to come back on theit feet


    Big hug

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  14. I didn't even realise the storm extended as far as you ... so glad you suffered no severe damage. We watched and listened in horror as the full extent of the damage in New York was broadcast. Praying that all those affected can rebuild their lives as quickly as possible. M x

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