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On this day, the sun
Appeared – no, not slowly over the horizon –
But right in the city square.
A blast of dazzle poured over,
Not from the middle sky,
But from the earth torn raggedly open.
Human shadows, dazed and lost, pitched
In every direction: this blaze,
Not risen from the east,
Smashed in the city’s heart –
An immense wheel
Of Death’s swart suncar, spinning down and apart
In every direction.
Instant of a sun’s rise and set
Vision-annihilating flare one compressed noon.
And then?
It was not human shadows that lengthened, paled, and died;
It was men suddenly become mist, then gone.
The shadows stay:
Burned on the rocks, stones of these vacant streets.
A sun conjured by men converted men to air, to nothing;
White shadows singed on the black rock give back
Man’s witness to himself.
Agyeya and Leonard Nathan (1911-1986)
On August 6th and 9th, 1945, the cities of Hiroshima and
Nagasaki were destroyed by the first atomic bombs used in warfare. 
NOTE TO SELF:  Sixty-one years later it appears that we haven’t learned
much at all.
About tenthltr2u (1076 Articles)
A child of the 60's I often feel out of place in the world as it exist today. Too much excess, too much materialism, too few people who genuinely care or give a damn. It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

4 Comments on Hiroshima

  1. Nope, we havent.  Pretty sad, if you ask me.


  2. No…we haven’t learned a thing my dear.  Great entry.  Have a wonderful day and a great weekend!!


  3. We have become our own worst enemy I fear..
    stay safe.. soft hugs ~Hope


  4. Reblogged this on The "Radio-Active" One WBOB – We're Back On The Block and commented:

    I fear how much we have regressed and how little we’ve learned from the inhumanity of those days over 6 decades ago.


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