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Eight A-Bomb Haiku

Eight A-Bomb Haiku

The desert glowed
brighter than a thousand suns —
everything changed

Japan was clearly
defeated … still the A-bombs
found their targets

The A-bombs killed
and maimed massively —
mostly civilians

Hiroshima —
city of a thousand cranes
calls out for peace

Nagasaki —
may you be the last victim
of an A-bomb attack

For every hibakusha
many must obey, many
must remain silent

Those first A-bombs —
small by today’s measure
of insanity

The mournful sounds
of the shakuhachi
take one’s breath away

– July 2020


David Krieger is president emeritus of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation (www.wagingpeace.org).