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02 March 2011

One week after the earthquake


Yesterday, at 12:51, silence. 
Today, I am sitting between two Maori women, who are facebooking friends in Christchurch, asking what they might need. Hand sanitiser, they are told. Also gas canisters, guitar strings, coffee beans. A woman living in a cordoned-off zone says that people in the city are changing, staring into 'middle distance' and not spontaneously greeting each other anymore. A student in a hospital holds the hands of the people who rescued her. She says, 'I trust you' and smiles. She laughs her first laughs in a week. 
Photo: Covered vineyards, Martinborough, New Zealand

4 comments:

Madeleine Marie Slavick said...

3 friends emailed to say:
--take care, dear m.
--I won't say I am glad you are not in Christchurch.
I trust you will be blessed wherever you are.
And no matter where you are, dear,
keep poetry & keep in touch.
--Learned from your blog that you are OK in the earthquake. I guess everything is so different now.
How are you?

Tim Jones said...

I love the way your blog captures moments - perhaps it's your photographer's eye? This is an especially fine one.

Madeleine Marie Slavick said...

thanks, tim
the image is a favo(u)rite of mine. the nets like shrouds. and the clouds....

Madeleine Marie Slavick said...

thanks f, s, p, k, l, t, s for the seven emails
--"lovely writing'
--dear m, take care
--thanks, madeleine! always great to hear from you
--luscious one, I wish I could follow you round in your life as your next door neighbour always!! you are a FLAME!!!
--thanks, madeleine
--thanks marie for sharing:)
--Madeleine, you sound so at peace with love. I am happy for you.