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A Drop In The Ocean
by Kate Burnside
Wednesday, January 05, 2005
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I give thanks for the safe return of a group of about 20 adults and children from our small village of less than 500 from the beaches of Sri Lanka last week - despite incidences of horrific separations by tumultuous waters. My heart goes out as I weep for those tens of thousands worldwide whose story has sadly not been the same. Love and prayers, Kate xx


Sri Lankan beach scene:

A small child totters
with over-swimming pail,
painstaking back up the sands
to show her precious catch.

Breathless in the silent heat,
she never makes it...

After the Great Flood,
her mother sees her in a vision
through the deluge of her grief;

Smiling, presenting her trophy:
"Look, Mummy!"
Not a drop from her bucket was spilled;
And her treasure was there, intact.

Each and every life a precious drop
preserved forever perfect
in the oceans of humanity's tears. 

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Reviewed by Cryssa C 7/8/2008
Stunning, Kate...
The last stanza especially brought this powerful poem home to me.

Reviewed by Axilea MU 10/1/2007
I love the way you took one single snapshot and gave it universal meaning. That is empathetic and powerful writing, Kate!

Best regards,

Reviewed by Bhuwan Thapaliya 1/9/2005
Each and every life a precious drop
preserved forever perfect
in the oceans of humanity's tears.

Yes Kate...Yes...I agree with you here...I salute for what you are...Thats why the kids here call U a sister n luck...BHUWAN
Reviewed by A Serviceable Villain 1/6/2005

A heart-felt write that touches deeply upon human emotion - beautifully penned as always, poetess supreme!!

Best wishes,

Reviewed by Jane Rodway 1/6/2005
This is delicate and moving, yet powerful at the same time. You really wrote from emotion, which is really good.
Reviewed by Thomas Lanechanger 1/6/2005
Kate, a very painful reminder of the terrible and tremendous human suffering, and unimaginable losses accumulated by this historic dreadful Tsunami of Biblical proportions. Although it is extremely sad and unfortunate, hopefully with the outpouring of love and humanitarian assistance from across the globe, many individuals will be able to find some resemblance of normalcy once again. My heart and soul weeps for these folks.
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 1/6/2005
Each and every life, indeed, so precious.
Reviewed by jude forese 1/5/2005
a very moving glimpse reaching into the depths of humanity's flooded heart ... outstanding imagery and soulful sentiment ...
Reviewed by Judy Lloyd (Reader) 1/5/2005
Yes they are but remember little angels are made everyday.
Reviewed by Michelle Mills 1/5/2005
Simplicity that carries a powerful punch...thank God so many from your village were spared...bless you Kate for such a heartfelt write. Michelle
Reviewed by E T Waldron 1/5/2005
Kate with so few words you said volumes! Beautifully spoken and felt.
I have contributed much this past weak to that ocean of tears, as have we all!With the prayers too!
Reviewed by George Carroll 1/5/2005
Wonderful compassionate write.
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 1/5/2005
Beautifully said...

But one thing I fail to understand. They take all the money.

Yet refuse our help from the Gurkhas, and American crack troops..

An enigma..
Reviewed by Janet Parker 1/5/2005
This is a beautiful tribute to those who were lost. Something good will come from this tragedy, but it's hard to imagine right now.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 1/5/2005

my heart clutches at those affected by nature's fit of fury, but i am glad to hear of your friends' safe return.

powerful write, very well done.

(((HUGS))) and love, karla. :(
Reviewed by Felix Perry 1/5/2005
How sweet is the majesty of nature and how bitter it can be as well.

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