Written for: dVerse Poets Pub – Haibun Monday – Hiroshima Day 2019: A Reflection on Peace (posted by Frank Tassone)
Shigeo Hayashi [Public domain]
“Tomorrow marks the anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. Last year, we commemorated this memorial for Haibun Monday (August 6, 2018). Just like last year, the city of Hiroshima will once again hold its annual Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony.
Let us again write our own haibun to commemorate Hiroshima! This year, however, let us focus not on despair of nuclear holocaust, but on hope born of rising from the ashes!”
The child looked everywhere, craning his neck, unable to believe
he was alive, standing in the center of ashy destruction. His ears
rang with hurt. His shirt was torn, his arm battered–droplets of blood
patterning his skin as if he had lent his body as a canvas.
The child found his sister and aunt. Three people overjoyed to see each other.
Later, they were to discover that 90% of their city was gone. Initially 80,000
people were killed, and more followed poisoned by radiation.
places for people to gather
hope and reminder