Tramway granite from near Aioi Bridge
target of first atomic bomb
on Hiroshima City
6 August 1945 8:15am
odor of charred meat or burning hair
I took note of this at the Vatican Museum
A Stone for Peace
displayed on the wall
carved into stone is Kannon
Goddess of Mercy
who prays for eternal peace
dVerse prompt on war— in 1991, 188 slabs were individually hand carved to be distributed by Stone for Peace Association of Hiroshima.
To remember, is not to forget. The place in Hiroshima, ground zero. The place in Nagasaki, ground zero. Sometimes referred to as the hypocenter. The place where the bomb lands.
For Hiroshima, the hypocenter of the attack was Shima Hospital, 800 feet away from the intended aiming point at Aioi Bridge. Now there are smarter bombs. Are any more deadly?
unleashed on the world
weapons of mass destruction
will it ever end
My dad was on Okinawa when the atomic bomb hit Hiroshima. He was a young sailor and rarely talked about his being there. I never saw a photo taken there. His wife was waiting in Iowa. His children were future “boomers” after he came home.
In school I read about the war crimes. About concentration camps and scientific experiments. My short essay on “the mushroom cloud” over Hiroshima won a money prize. Life went on for everyone except the ones who died.
hear the winter wind
acid rain falling for days
folds night on the land