Treasure Island

Elizabeth Padillo Olesen


Over The Corpses of Our Beloved After Haiyan


Over the corpses of our beloved
we continue to weep -
weeping our tears of guilt,
not able to hold them and protect;
weeping our tears of despair
over flattened homes and lost memories.

Over the corpses of our beloved
we continue to weep -
weeping our tears of regrets,
not able to recover them
from heavy heaps of ruins;
weeping our tears of anguish
that we cannot take them
to a decent burial place.

Submitted: Monday, November 18, 2013
Edited: Tuesday, November 19, 2013

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Aftermath of the super typhoon Haiyan, bringing incredible loss and pain over my home people.

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