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Tsunami Heroine

A year on and I can’t get you out of my head

Your courage knocked me for six

The picture showed a white wall of water

And tiny matchstick bodies running for their lives

But you – Karin Svard – though

You were nameless at the time –

Courageously sprinting, against all the odds

Headlong into Hell

In order to save your family.

Pictured all over the world,

With a lump in my throat I thought…

That’s the end of her…but miracles do happen

You all flew back to the safety of your nest

On New Year’s Eve

So close to death, you said that it was impossible to describe

Your New Year’s Resolution: realising how valuable

Life really is

You became the whole world’s heroine – unknown to yourself

In a world that at the time was turned on its head

By the unyielding power of Nature.

Tags: tsunami, Karin, Svard, Maria Ní Mhurchu

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Phone:+353 (0)868870478

Dingle, county Kerry, Eire