Chalk white moon, a disc of pooling light.
Round old pond, stillness unruffled,
Bird tucked inward. Behind
Embankment of clouds, a frog leaps—
Touchdown in water!
Black sky bursts, broken,
Beatific placid mirror shattered
By splash of a big blast,
Subatomic particles scattering,
Tsunami unleashing gamma waves, X-rays,
70,000 instantly dead…
Genbaku Dome, UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Originally published in Eastlit (August 1, 2015)
|Genbaku Dome, Hiroshima, Japan. UN Photo|