Wednesday, 16 November 2016

My earthquake rap

My earthquake rap


Not really a poem but more like a rap for Poets united. That's what I felt like. On 14 November 2 minutes after midnight we were shaked out of our bed again.  It lasted for ages. We came free with only fright. Two people died and my heart goes out to all people affected. The epicentre of the earthquake with a magnitude of 7.8, was about 1.5 hours drive from Christchurch. Many places were damaged, like Picton and wellington and it was felt nearly throughout NZ. The worst affected was Kaikoura a well loved tourist place on the coast and it is cut of from the world. First a reflection on the Christchurch earthquake.


If your whole world rocks
and all falls apart
one door will still stand strong
the door towards a new start


Part 1 EQ 2010-2011
Christchurch has its heart ripped out, we shout; It’s a pity, this city, now full of cones and stones, and cars, where once were shops and bars, and people had no hurry, no worry. Then houses were old, now they are sold or rented out for gold, and people get cold, live now on the street because of greed. But houses are coming one day, with some delay, we may all have an EQ proof, roof again and a city full of hustle and buzzle, in a jacket of glass and steel, with a modern feel and what a blast of the past, when we see an old building pop up, next to a new shop, and our hearts go out, we shout; what a delight, we might, think of the old days, before the earth quake, we shake it off, as we always do, walk out of the blue and get back into the hustle and the buzzle of a city that lives and makes us belong.



the press

Part2  EQ 2016

kaikoura has its lungs ripped out; it can’t breathe, the place is death as the land, got jammed, landslides all over the road, tunnels are blocked, people shocked, cut off from the world. In a minute people lost it all, as their belongings did fall with a smack, their houses a wreck. But out of the rubble came a bubble of hope, as Richie McCaw, came with his heli, you don’t see him daily in Kaikoura flying, I am not lying and a farmer rescued some cows stuck on an island, up on the highland, looking flabbergasted, as they fasted for a day, now they stay, in better grassland, everyone helps out, as people open their heart and share, which is a start to humanity and care. Kia Kaha, we will rise again, every time we will climb up, so mother earth let it stop. oh Aotearoa, land of the long white cloud, I shout, I scream, land covered with the invisibility of a dream, let calmness invade the earth crust, just, let it rest and continue with what you do best, fill endless souls with the bliss of your beauty.

26 comments:

  1. Hi Marja - I'm so glad you are all right ... those poor cows, but I'm glad they are rescued. Thanks for letting us know - it must be one of the most frightening experiences to have been through. I know you will be all helping each other and slowly you will come together again having recovered. With thoughts - Hilary

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  2. Given the results of our resent election, I feel just like those cows.

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  3. A good rap about a terrible disaster. Glad you are okay. Hope your son is okay too. It must have been scary for you all. The cow story is amazing. We saw it on TV too.

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    1. We are all good.My daughter lives in Wellington and they still have aftershocks and on top of it slips and floodwater up to half a meter deep caused by storms.

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  4. Ik vind het zo erg voor jullie, als je net alles weer een beetje hebt opgeruimd en herstelt, weer zo'n heftige aardbeving. Moest meteen aan je denken toen ik Christchurch hoorde. Wat een angstige beleving moet dat zijn als alles beweegt. Hoop dat je niet te veel schade hebt aan je huis. Veel sterkte!

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  5. Your wonderful stream of consciousness writing had me in its grasp. I saw it on the news, including the cows, and was aghast. You came to mind immediately. I know no one else in NZ so I was glad to hear you were safe! I pray calmness combats chaos everywhere.

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  6. It would have been a frightful experience when caught in a calamity as this. More so when one was unsure where it would strike within the hour. Going to higher ground would be the logical thing to do. But aftershocks would sustain the fright all the time!

    Hank

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  7. Hoop dat jullie er als land snel weer bovenop kunnen krabbelen.

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  8. It is wonderful, during such times, how people come together to help each other. I am glad you are all right. And that the cows were rescued, poor things. I love best your haiku about the door of opportunity. Awesome to see the positive!

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  9. Marja, I'm glad you and your family are safe. New Zeeland has always been considered sort of a Paradise, but when God gets angry, there's not much one can do about, except perhaps...become a rapper.

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    1. haha Duta no I am not becoming a rapper but it helps to load of steam :)

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  10. the most important you are safe

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  11. Glad you are okay, and that so many rallied,

    Elizabeth

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  12. Marja I am so pleased you are ok.. I will try again as I do not think my comment got posted as I was logged out..
    I have been thinking of you and so pleased you are fine..
    I saw the footage of those cows who surfed down the hill how lucky were they.. My heart goes out to you all..
    Please take care..
    Much love Sue xxx

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  13. Oh Marja ... i am glad you are OK.... such frightening news ... we live in Florida in The winter now ... not hurricane season there if were lucky, but because we have a tiny house there, we keep a careful eye on the weather... one came close this summer..... but not as bad as the one you went through.

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  14. Hard for me to even begin to imagine such an experience. Your words help me understand the reality in showing me the details.

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  15. Marja, I have been in Christchurch; and if I remember correctly this is not the first serious earthquake in the area. I am glad that the cows were rescued. I hope many find the door to a new start.

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  16. Such powerful words in this fresh rap. NZ has been in my prayers. I was glad to see the cows saved in their open environment. They became a symbol to me of thepeople and the land. Most I like how you negotiated the reality of a land in two realms--dreamscape and reality. May your poem travel far, and you walk in safety.

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  17. Profound words. So glad you are ok. What a terrible disaster.

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  18. Profound words. Glad you are ok.

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  19. Yes that 'one door' will always be there for all. Love the positive vibe. May you all be safe.

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  20. Love the positivity in your verse. Sending love and prayers your way ❤️

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  21. Glad you are safe, Marja! My prayers and thoughts are with everyone in the area, stay safe!

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  22. thank you for posting...we get all caught up in our daily lives and soon forget who really is in charge...may your have peace, rest and recovery...bkm

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  23. Great rap there Marja. How awful to get shaken up again, but I'm glad Christchurch was not badly hit this time.

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  24. Having lived through an earthquake in Greece when I was a child, Marja, I can appreciate your words and feelings. Now of course there is the quake in Japan and its aftermath that we are aware of. I am thinking of all the people affected and can only hope that survivors will help one another out as much as possible. This is usually the case - the hardest hit who survive are the ones who extend a helping hand to others of their kind...

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