Monday, March 28, 2011

The Sunday Creative - crane (for Japan)

With utter dignity
and undiminished anguish
they walk.
Away and away from destruction
Away and away from despair
Away and away from a life familiar.

With unfazed resilience
and internal beauty
they walk.
Forward and forward, to what the next day will bring.
Forward and forward, one simple step in front of another.
Forward and forward, gaining determination.

As reeds by the creekside
whip and bend, lean and toss
Thrown by whims of weather,
The bent reed does not break.
But it does wait.
For calm, for strength, for sun
And slowly, it straightens.


With heartfelt hope for Japan and its people, I join The Sunday Creative this week. The theme is "crane," representing the Japanese legend that folding 1,000 cranes not only brings hope and healing, but makes a wish come true. I add my crane to the numbers joining in this project, and a few words too.


  1. This is absolutely incredible, B. You put words together like a great composer puts together a symphony. Thanks for sharing this!

  2. This is beautiful, Bethany! Absolutely perfect! Thank you for spreading the message of hope in such an eloquent way!


Put it right here, babe!