Thrishana Pothupitiya's Poem: ' Tsunami You Hit My Island Home.'
17 year old Thrishana Pothupitiya studying at Bishop's College Colombo was one of the first Sri Lankan teenagers to put pen to paper and write about the tsunami which struck the land of her birth.Her essay 'The Power of Humanity' was published in the Daily News in Colombo. The British Red Cross said she wrote powerfully and eloquently'about the tsunami which devastated parts of Sri Lanka on 26th December 2004. Her essay is now being used as an educational resource around the world. International charities, working in the tsanimi disaster areas in Sri Lanka, have highlighted her essay.
Former US President, Bill Clinton recently wrote to the young student. President Clinton is due back on a return visit to Sri Lanka in a few months time. Thrishana Pothupitiya has also written a poem - soon to be published in an international book of poetry - about the tsunami and the spirit of hope dwelling in the hearts and minds of the people of the island.
TSUNAMI YOU HIT MY ISLAND HOME
The day was clear
The sun shone bright
Upon my island home
When all at once wailing, echoed from her shores.
And it came whirling, swirling, churning and sweeping
A monstrous twenty-foot wave
With a booming voice and mighty hurt
Destroying everything in its way.
For hours the waves swept in
Devastating her shores
Countless people lost their lives
From countless faces hot tears poured.
It came so fast in swirling rage
No time to think, to save themselves
The waves so high swept above their heads
And swept back with their lives.
A heart felt cry echoed throughout
Our beautiful island home.
The whirling sea swept of the smiles
From Sri Lanka’s livelihood.
Father and mother grieving
For their loving children lost.
Little children searching everywhere,
Searching for their parents lost.
A grieving father stands by the sea
His dead son in his arms
His agony spread throughout the land
And touched every man’s heart.
The waves destroyed many homes,
It swept off many lives.
But through this pain and sorrow
Our people began to rise.
From far away people came
To lend a helping hand
Humanity poured through the veins
Of every man and child.
The Tsunami which hit our land
On “Uduwap” poya day
Has freed us from ourselves
Has shown us the correct way.
Together all of Sri Lanka
Should get over this ordeal
Every one working together
Regardless of nationality colour and creed.
The waves shattered Sri Lanka
Yet humanity it could not break.
Compassion, love and kindness reached out to all,
And gave hope in every way.
Oh Tsunami you hit us
Expecting us to fall.
But we will rise stronger,
Much better than before.