For three hundred years we protected the rice fields from salt spray,
the town from high waves.
We thought this would never change.
But it did.
One day the earth rumbled and shook.
Then a wall of water slammed into us.
Even we couldn't stop those waves.
The waves tore at us. Pushed us over.
Still I stood.
Until the waves stopped.
And then I was alone.
I wished I'd been toppled, too.
But soon people began coming to see me.
They say I give them courage.