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A Thousand Paper Cranes: sen-zu-baru

     A thousand paper cranes fly towards the crimson sun,
     bringing with them prayers a billion times strong
     Beautiful winged wishes born from love.
     Where the earth shattered, it only empowered souls 
     Where the waters overflowed, it only buoyed hope
     Like water lilies floating, pink and alive with blossom

Amidst the rubble, acts of courage would blossom
spreading…blinding…as bright as the sun
Drying tears of fear as they are replaced with hope
This bravery never waned, it actually grew strong
as they staunchly picked up pieces, unified souls
Facing the chaos, tied together with love

      No words can truly capture it, except maybe for love?
      Of how tenacity just continued to blossom
      That despite mind-numbing dread that enveloped souls,
      that even if it seemed that there was only bleeding sun,
      compassion for others did not waver, remained strong
      Lives given for others, in the name of love, sparking hope 

Death may have cloaked the land, but there is always hope
seeping through the crevices, and reaching out to love
which in turn reflect on eyes, keeping that bond strong…
It goes beyond broken shores, to all hearts that blossom
Watered by tears of faith and courage from the Land of the Rising Sun
Quenching the thirst brought by grief, refreshing souls

      Amazing how shattered lines can flow into souls,
      Winding around each one, tethered by hope
      Distance doesn’t matter, since all breathe under the same sun,
      swim in the same sea of worries, yet energized by love
      At the moment of impact, lives got broken, crushing blossom
      As the world stood still for them, they stood proud and strong

The earth buckled, the waters heaved but the people remained strong
There was calm and peace shining through all the beautiful souls
Muddied brown waters pave the way for the glorious lotus blossom
bursting forth, sprinkling seeds of hope
Pain comes in many different forms, but it can also give birth to love
Lighting up lives, so rise and shine brightly, Japan…Land of the Rising Sun

      These thousand strong paper cranes were folded with care and hope,
      each crease a testament to the tenacity of souls, the power of love
      May peace blossom in hearts, let these cranes soar forever, and fuel the Sun

*I have a senryu of the same title though :)...
winged wishes 
 folded in prayer and love... 
a thousand paper cranes
---for Debbie's Tribute to Japan contest :)

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  1. Date: 1/15/2012 5:14:00 PM
    Amazing. A beautifully executed masterpiece. I am in awe! Congratulations on your well deserved win!

  1. Date: 1/14/2012 5:28:00 AM
    ((()))Clap! Clap! Congrats on your super win..Sara

  1. Date: 1/13/2012 11:00:00 AM
    Congrats. Nikko on your super win, love and light, vie

  1. Date: 1/13/2012 10:24:00 AM
    Dear nikko, Congratulations first on your big win!! How have you been dear girl? You are good at heart and that always shows in your work. i can't keep up with the writing here but i've thought of you and everybody here so very often... whatever i'm not quitting yet and not forgetting you guys so easily:)) my best wishes and love always...

  1. Date: 1/12/2012 9:33:00 PM
    Congratulations, Nikko, on your win in the PS contest. Hugs, catie :)

  1. Date: 1/12/2012 10:26:00 AM
    Nikko The emotion you have painted in this beautiful poem is so strong that it gets through to the heart of your readers. I love to read this over and over again. I love seeing your name (and Nette too) in the top list of winners my dear. Keep writing and sharing! Love Dalila

  1. Date: 1/11/2012 10:58:00 PM
    Nikko, wow-such a beautiful poem. The entire tone and imagery is wonderful. I enjoyed it very much. Congratulations on your big win, Greg

  1. Date: 1/11/2012 3:40:00 PM
    Nikko-I absolutely love this!!! It just so vivid and powerful. You definitely deserve to be at the top of the heap my dear! A great big congrats. from me!!!!

  1. Date: 1/11/2012 2:33:00 PM
    I loved this one from the first moment I read it! This really showcases your creativity and your BIG BIG HEART!! My fav line...pain comes in many different forms, but it can also give birth to love...gorgeous sentiments here, Nikko. Congrats congrats proud of you, dear friend. Love, Gwendolen

  1. Date: 1/11/2012 12:13:00 PM
    Right on, nikko! Congratulations on your win in the Int. PoetrySoup contest! Very happy for you. Pretty neat how you won with a sestina that is a tribute to the ongoing Japanese meltdown crisis.

  1. Date: 1/11/2012 9:08:00 AM
    I couldn't be happier to see you win with this wonderful poem!!!!!!! I remember when you wrote this after the tsunami, and the heart wrenching compassion it instills when reading it has a lasting effect and always will!!! How wonderful to see it in this line-up, and know it will be read again and again! Congratulations to a dear friend, and God Bless!!! HOORAY!!

  1. Date: 1/11/2012 9:07:00 AM
    Nikko, Pleasing to see, pleasure to see your win, my friend, A big "Congratulations" Beautiful and worthy poem win. Agape, Moses

  1. Date: 1/11/2012 5:07:00 AM
    Congratulations on your 5th place win in the Poetrysoup International Contest for August 2011 Nikko. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 1/11/2012 2:10:00 AM
    Congratulations on your wonderful win x

  1. Date: 1/10/2012 11:55:00 PM
    this one never fails to amaze me, nikks.. let's toast to your super TPS win!!.. haneps.. dalawa o tatlo tayong noypi ang panalo... you rule! :) huggs!

  1. Date: 1/10/2012 9:02:00 PM
    Nikko.. I remember this a truly wonderful poem, and win.. congratulations with your awesome verse...always,..p.d.

  1. Date: 1/10/2012 8:54:00 PM
    ahhh, this should be shown all over Japan and translated into their news so they could see the awesome tribute you paid to them, Nikko. WAY to GO, you got a great placement in the big Soup contest. Congratulations, my friend.

  1. Date: 1/10/2012 7:51:00 PM
    Congrats on your 5th place win in the PS contest. Great job! Love, Kim

  1. Date: 1/10/2012 7:30:00 PM
    Ah my little happy for you to win and with this! very proud of YOU! I never told you but I did send it to the Japanese Embassy..I never heard back, but I tried for you! Congrad's on your well derserved win! Light & Love

  1. Date: 1/10/2012 6:50:00 PM
    Congratulations on your placement in the Poetry Soup International contest...A well deserving winner !! Enjoyed reading !!