Tragedy becomes a Sacred Offering at “The Altar of the Oceans”

The Mask Andrey NarchukThe Mask (Altar of the Oceans) With Kind Permission of Andrey Narchuk 

The Fish

The first fish
I ever caught
would not lie down
quiet in the pail
but flailed and sucked
at the burning
amazement of the air
and died
in the slow pouring off
of rainbows. Later
I opened his body and separated
the flesh from the bones
and ate him. Now the sea
is in me: I am the fish, the fish
glitters in me; we are
risen, tangled together, certain to fall
back to the sea. Out of pain,
and pain, and more pain
we feed this feverish plot, we are nourished
by the mystery.

~ Mary Oliver

About the Photographer:

Andrey Narchuk hails from Moscow, Russia. He specializes in underwater photography and his other fine work can be found on He has generously offered this beautiful image to help the people of Japan and we are grateful to him. Thank you Andrey!

Mission To Help Bring AID and Comfort To Japan:
The Aquatic Angels  is a fundraising team that has formed online in an effort to help the wonderful and deserving people of Japan who need our mercy, compassion and care.  We are giving you the opportunity to Join Us in Offering the Japanese People, who have faced the disaster of both Earthquake and Tsunami ~ Shelter, Comfort, Warmth and a Chance at Human Dignity in the Face of True Disaster. If you would like to help  our team, Aquatic Angels,~ simply Sponsor us, by clicking on any one of the  colored links in the poem above or the team name link in this paragraph or any of the “shelter colored links.  In addition, there is a wonderful image of a Japanese doll  taken by my teammate Rebecca Brooks at the bottom of my blog  page.  It says “ShelterBoxUSA” and Aquatic Angels Team. You may click on her as well to reach the team page.

Clicking will take you to a page for where you may donate whatever you can afford to help us reach our $2000 dollar goal. The cost of packing and deploying one Shelterbox is $1,000 USD. Each ShelterBox can provide Shelter, comfort, warmth, survival and dignity for an extended family of 10 people! We thank everyone who has already contributed to this effort for your kindness and generosity. We want to continue to offer hope to children and families who currently do not see a brighter tomorrow! Thank you for your compassion!

Here is a recent CNN video on what ShelterBox is doing in Japan!! Please WATCH!

So that you know exactly where your resources are going, here is a 5 min. film explaining the ShelterBox concept and what you are actually contributing to when you give to this organization.


For More Postcards from Paradise Please see Recuerda Mi Corazon. We are an inclusive community that Thinks Globally and Acts Locally to help people around the world in need.


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