Elena Sandu

Silent Tears - Poem by Elena Sandu

Struggling to keep the voice calm
Watching the water flowing
from under the door
into the room of the 5th Floor,
one of them asked:

-Do you have a magic pen?
-No. Do you?
The other man only shaked his head...
They tried to avoid looking into each other's eyes
Ashamed it will reveal their thoughts of fears
But they knew what the other was thinking.
In such moments the people seem to go back
into a state they may have been
many generations before
that of people understanding each other
without the help of spoken words...

They could feel the the same thought
piercing through every pore of their skin
strongly pinning into the brains of everyone.
Heavy silence settled
Nobody had a magic pen.
Only the sound of deadly water grew
they all kept quiet,
trying only to push the children
and the wheeled chair people

Poet's Notes about The Poem

I have learned of this story at the seminar of a volunteer group called Book sharing that I have attended on 25th September,
Sapporo, Kyoiku Bunka Kaikan. Of course I cried, who wouldn't?


...The magic pen was meant to write the name on own body in the hope that one day might be found by the family.
There are still 2500 bodies to be found yet. A great luck all the people of this true story survived the tsunami of March 11th 2011 to tell their story.

Comments about Silent Tears by Elena Sandu

  • Bronze Star - 2,113 Points Sally Plumb Plumb (11/28/2013 1:11:00 AM)

    Ineresting piece of writing, (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 9,989 Points Khairul Ahsan (11/3/2013 6:57:00 AM)

    My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families of the dead and the missing.
    'Of course I cried, who wouldn't? '...Well understood.
    'they all kept quiet,
    trying only to push the children
    and the wheeled chair people
    These lines are soul piercing! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 445 Points Danny Draper (10/29/2013 9:10:00 PM)

    A compassionate and well structured piece on content and lyric. The tragedy of the tsunami in the bay of Bengal was incredible in its cope and breadth of los and devastation. I recommend to you also a similar poem of mine Ancient Plates. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Poem Edited: Wednesday, October 30, 2013

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