“(Write it!) like disaster”

Today WePoetsShowIt showcased a poem I wrote about the great man Naoto Matsumura who stayed behind to care for the animals after the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

This video shows the story of Matsumura-san:

You can find my poem “Ode to the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster” here.

* Title of this post is from the last line of Elizabeth Bishop’s poem “One Art”


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4 responses to ““(Write it!) like disaster”

  1. Wow! Thank you so much for sharing this. I did not know about him, and I’m glad I do now. Also, your poem is absolutely stunning! If you don’t mind, I’d like to use it with my students.

    • Luanne

      Isn’t he amazing?! Aw, Deborah, thank you so much for your kind comment. What a compliment. By all means, share it with your students. I’m so glad they will be learning about this special man.

  2. You make writing poetry seamless and effortless, but I realize it is very challenging! I am wishing I could move from the impetus, or beginning, like you used “Twilight Zone” television show, the way the world would look after a holocaust or nuclear disaster, into a true story of a dedicated man who helped take care of the animals left behind… in such a way to make it all flow so well. So marvelous! I loved this, Luanne!

    • Luanne

      Aw, I’m soooo glad you loved it, Robin! I really want to share his story with people. I think he’s so amazing!

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