Remember Ground Zero

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

Remember Ground Zero

Remember the Day

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

Remember the Day