The 49 days are over. Around Japan today, the bells tolled and the chanting and incense rose to the heavens. The souls of the more than 25,000 who were lost have now passed on. And it is time now for the rest of us to move on too, to get on with the work of rebuilding, the duty of living.
It has been a very difficult time, even for those of us not in the areas of devastation. It has been hard to think and act as normal when the earth is shuddering, and there is fear (and radiation) in the air. Healing is needed, and so is music — it is of course the healing force of the universe. Time to start sharing again.
images (C) AP
First though, a big thank you to everyone around the world for your prayers and warm messages of support and compassion. And the contributions too, for all the people whose lives will never be the same. It really is deeply appreciated.
And now go and take a look (if you haven't already) at the recent post by el goog: a small but moving illustration of what is no longer there — and what remains.