A Poem for Remembering Hiroshima — August 6 1945
The Hiroshima Peace Dome Memorial
A building that survived the U. S. atomic bomb and was left exactly as it appeared after the blast. It is surrounded now by a Peace Park that is visited by many people from around the world.
Friends, I have posted this summer some of the great poems in our literature on the scourge of war. Among my own poems, the verse you see below is my favorite. I wrote it in commemoration of those who died in Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and 9th, 1945, and all who may yet perish in atomic war. It imagines what our last day might be like if WE were to find ourselves under atomic attack.
On the last day
A rabbit came to taste the dandelions
Along the low hedge,
Sent, some might say, to bless us
Though he did not know…
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