NaPoWriMo #13

Poem #13 is inspired by this article about Naoto Matsumura, who returned to Fukushima’s exclusion zone to care for the animals left behind.

Last Man from Fukushima

To return, knowing you will die
to return to care
for those left behind
to return and leave
your family at the border of safe
so they are safe

To feed the dogs    the cats    the cows    ostriches
to feed the animals tied up
by those not expecting to run
to feed your soul
with what is right and kind
because someone has to do it.

To see the babies born
to see them frolic
inside the exclusion zone
to see the world in awe
life blooming
inside destruction.

© 2015 by Robin A. Sams


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