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Multas per gentes et multa per aequora vectus

Carried through many nations and over many seas


advenio has miseras, frater, ad inferias,

I arrived, brother, for these wretched funeral rites


ut te postremo donarem munere mortis

So that I might present you with the last tribute of death


et mutam nequiquam alloquerer cinerem.

and speak in vain to silent ash,


Quandoquidem fortuna mihi tete abstulit ipsum.

Since fortune has carried away from me you in the flesh


Heu miser indigne frater adempte mihi,

Atlas, poor brother, unfairly taken away from me,


nunc tamen interea haec, prisco quae more parentum

now in the meantime, nevertheless, these things which in the ancient custom of ancestors


tradita sunt tristi munere ad inferias,

are handed over as a sad tribute to the rites


accipe fraterno multum manantia fletu,

receive, dripping much with brotherly weeping.


atque in perpetuum, frater, ave atque vale.

And forever, brother, hail and farewell.



Adonais written by Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822)

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Humanity Rose




















To great extent, people mean so much more

In the jails we lock up males and females
Nevertheless, people we must adore
With human kindness let no one curtails.

People like roses are found far and near
Among Asia and lands across the sea
Petals are those families there to care
And cherish those colours and names we see.

The mind becomes the interpretive dance
As eyes behold the wonderful valley
In Arkles Bay where trees do dance and prance
Around those homes, children do play gladly.

As delicate as rose-petals unwind
But tough as thorns, which grow to guard the stem
Yet beautiful mid shine and rain behind
The rainbow of love from us we give them.

Fragile is life, and round the globe lies strife
Nature is stressed; oceans in deep motion
Tsunami waved to cut with butcher's knife
With vengeful acts, God's work of creation.

As folks did eat beneath the Christmas tree
Never a thought that plates would crash on floor
Instincts made animals and birds to flee
The leap-year tide did wash dead shoals ashore.

The day Tsunami washed away the ground
His waves were more that fifteen meters high
The pelts of folks did carpet ground around
Heaps of carrion fumes perfumed the sky.

The blooms of earth did wash away that day
By Davy Jones a fraught with bloody rage
On Boxing Day beneath a sky so grey
Now growing poppies write their story page.

What great sadness lingers in minds not clear
The loss surpassed Ivan in Grenada
This catastrophic blow still Ache's fear
That sent after shocks beyond Nevada.

The heavy ruin plays on most CDs
To cue the minds to graves with drab decor
As fingers scratched for life amid debris
They longed once more for blissful days of yore.

To keep this hope alive with will to strive
Humanity rose with great devotion
As people across the globe took the drive
They sent dough to souls with deep emotion.

Their cries of praise reached on high Jehovah
For hearts of gold that eased the souls' laments
To lands of the Asian Diaspora
Life-water flows out of those gory tents.

© Paterika Hengreaves

Composed in Arkles Bay, New Zealand on Boxing Day 2004 after watching TV footage on the aftermath of the Asian Tsunami and the billions of dollars collected from around the world to assist the recovery efforts of these Tsunami survivors.

Who is this "Davy jones?"

"Davy jones" means the bottom of the sea or ocean

According to the Etymology Dictionary, this term first surfaced in "The Spirit of the Sea" in 1751 in Smollett's "The Adventures of Peregrin Pickle (Chapter 15) as an ominous and terrifying fiend who presides over all the evil spirits of the deep, and is often seen in various shapes, perching among the rigging on the eve of hurricanes, shipwrecks and other disasters.

Other interesting accounts come from

Davy Jone's Locker "bottom of the Sea" is 1803, from nautical slang of unknown origin.

Another premise is that it might as well come from the biblical Jonah, regarded as unlucky by sailors.


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1 comment:

Marja said...

You expressed very well the inmense impact of the tsunami. I remember it like yesterday. Unfortunately nature continues to be very stressed and leaving many souls in despair

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E Ihowā Atua,
O ngā iwi mātou rā
Āta whakarangona;
Me aroha noa
Kia hua ko te pai;
Kia tau tō atawhai;
Manaakitia mai
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Iwi Māori, Pākehā,
Rūpeke katoa,
Nei ka tono ko ngā hē
Māu e whakaahu kē,
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Ki te ao katoa
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God of Nations at Thy feet,
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Guard Pacific's triple star
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Make her praises heard afar,
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Men of every creed and race,
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Make our country good and great,
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