Come from away

Shock waves from the September 11 attacks spread far and wide. Gander, a small town in Newfoundland, faced a surprise landing of 38 flights diverted from United States airspace. The musical “Come from Away”, tells their story…how townsfolk sheltered thousands.

when terror sundered heaven
candles in the dark

©2018 Ontheland

Newfoundland and Labrador, a large island in the North Atlantic Ocean, is the easternmost province of Canada. It is nicknamed the “Rock”. I chose to feature this broadway musical “Come from Away” for Carpe Diem #1409 Broadway (extreme haibun). Limiting myself to 55 words or less for this extreme haibun was a challenge.

Below is a performance of “Welcome to the Rock”:


6 thoughts on “Come from away

    1. It is a production to be proud of! I would like to see it some day…in the meantime I have listened to the soundtrack and found it both gripping and moving.


    1. I haven’t seen Come from Away but I’d like too. The soundtrack is full of humour and Newfoundland voices and tells the story on its own. It’s very moving.


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