free verse poetry in memory of those who lost their lives 26.12.2004
The waves came rolling in
After the waves had rolled right out.
Only the old fishermen
Gave warning to clear the beach’s
And run for the higher ground.
Some wandered out in dismay
To pick up the flapping fish
Until the second wave came in
With more force than the first.
Then the internal warnings kicked in,
Something was not right.
As the third wave rolled in
So too had the panic.
Anything not set in concrete
Was washed far out to sea,
Bars, makeshift homes on stilts
Shopfronts, some with souvenirs
Others with computers
All claimed by the Andaman sea.
This is where shock of the unknown
Gave way to fear. knowledge gained
Through disaster movies seen all
Quickly to the higher ground,
Many until the next day
Unbeknown of what was to come.
Finally through broadcast information
People returned to the beaches
To clear up and rebuild
What the unforgiving Tsunami waves
Had forgotten and left behind.
Ko Lanta was daubed “Lucky Lanta.”
An opportunity to claw some tourism back
As the death toll was low on Ko Lanta,
So too the wreckage on western beach shores.
Unlike Pi Pi, Phuket And Kao Lak,
So many poor souls to lose their lives
On just another ordinary morning.
Lanta’s Old Town Sea Gypsies
Were dealt a much harsher deal
With many homes dragged from their
Nesting stilts upon the water’s edge.
Old Town’s Pier’s stance had
Saved so many until it could take no more,
For this the people of old town
Give their humbled gratitude.
As do all we who come to stay and visit
This lucky Island of Ko Lanta,
An island which has survived so well here in the
Tsunami ravaged Andaman Sea.
In memory of all those who lost their lives on 24th December 2004.
Thank you Dr Mehmet Yildiz and the Illumination team for giving my words a platform here at Illumination. Thank you all for reading and your valuable time. J.