hollering (75th anniversary of Hiroshima)

hollering s

I hold my own hand
and step into that place
I don’t know and can’t see–

I was always making it up,
but in reaction,
waiting for clues–

Now I see only myself,
my indecision mirroring back
and making me hesitate–

More than a crossroads–
paths appear everywhere
as the center shifts–

I sway with choices–
pick a card, any card–
eeny meeny miny mo

cranes s

I wrote this for the earthweal weekly challenge strange world.  When I went to post it today, I realized it’s the 75th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing, so I decided to include some of the art and words from my previous 70th anniversary post.

70 years cranes s

The madness of humanity has been evident for a long time.

no meaning no sense
words are lost is there a way
to stop this bleeding

70 years close up 1s

What are we going to do about it?

This is our cry.
This is our prayer.
Peace in the world.

–inscription on the Children’s Peace Monument in Hiroshima

also linking to dVerse OLN hosted by Lillian

29 thoughts on “hollering (75th anniversary of Hiroshima)

  1. It is so easy to forget this in the midst of all that is going on today with the pa demic. We should not forget other tragedies as well. Thankyou for reminding us

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  2. Your first stanza is perfect, compelling without being overwrought, strong and simple, and the rest follows suit. So many paths…or is it really only two as in the Frost poem, while the rest are merely dazzle in the spectrum of events? Your poem, as is proper with a real poem, has more questions than answers.

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  3. Wonderful and painful to read and contemplate – peace evasive, Hiroshima and now the terrible explosion in Lebanon. Sigh. The origami is so beautiful.

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  4. That first stanza is wonderful–so evocative. Beautiful art.

    I’ve been thinking all day about writing about this 75th anniversary, but I can’t quite come up with words that don’t trivialize it.

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  5. Such solemn and remarkable poetry, K. You describe in essence the tragedy, and how there is no meaning or sense in it all. There never is. As well, beautiful artwork and words. They’re very touching and emotional. ❤

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  6. Thank you for posting today….and recognizing the 75th anniversary of Hiroshima. In 2019 my husband and I were privileged to visit Hiroshima…to see the Atomic Dome (the still standing section of a building next to the river where the bomb was dropped. We visited the museum – saw the artifacts. Walked with others in silence through this sacred space. Thank you for your beautiful artwork and speaking to this day.

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  7. Looking back at Hiroshima and all the calamaties to follow, one wonders why it is that men are forever seeking war. To what end? Sigh

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