Sunday, August 8, 2010

Hiroshima Today

By Mory Keita

In sky flew a bird-like object like falling star,
The children stood in owe contemplating it.
It was a bird,one they hadn’t seen before,
One which magic they hadn’t experienced yet.
They stood side by side, hands in hand smiling,
Smiling at the odd birds above their heads,
They pointed their fingers at the bird, jumping of joy.
How could they know why it flew in the sky?

They saw the bird dropping an egg-like object,
In their excitements,they jumped and jumped.
Few seconds after the bird-like object reached ground,
And a curtain of smoke and dust covered the visions.
In few seconds, their dreams were gone away,
Their homes and schools were destroyed in fire;
Their lives were taken in a war they had no part in.

What began as a peacefully day ended an atrocity,
Anything that flies isn’t indeed a bird.
What happened to theirs dreams? Why them?
Has mankind lost its humanity?

I would like to thank Sam Lui for reminding many others and myself about history.
i encourage you to check Sam's poem from which I got my inspiration.

Sam writes: August 6th is Hiroshima today, and marches across the world have signified this solemn occasion - commemorating the atrocities caused by the use of catastrophic nuclear weapons on Japan during World War II. Please take a moment to consider this: we are one human race, we share thoughts and feelings, dreams and desires. War is an evil. Together, we can stop the rise of nuclear weaponry. Spread peace, not destruction.
Add you plea at

Shared with one stop poetry.



Sam Liu said...

Thank you, Mory, I am honoured to have inspired such a beautiful poem. Indeed, it started as another day, but ended in the destruction of so many lives, of a whole city. In one day, an terrible evil has been unleashed on the world.

Linda Bob Grifins Brin Korbetis said...

Glad that Sam inspire you,
two beautiful soul together,
the world is better place to be...

come from poet untied week 3.

Claudia said...

thanks for touching this topic - and in such a good way
i was thinking myself about writing sth when i saw the commemoration on tv - but found it hard to touch it - so - big thanks!

Mary said...

Mory, I am so impressed with the diversity of topics you write on. So many wars, so many deaths. Tragic losses all.

Mory said...

Thank you everyone. Sam is really the one who should be praised. Please don't forget to visit his blog and add your plea.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Mory, (and Sam), Thank you so much for bringing this anniversary to our attention. A terrible event in the history of mankind, one whose affects are still felt by many living in that area. An impactful poem on a topic that needs consideration. Good work, Mory:)

Anonymous said...

God created us not to kill each other in his presence, but instead get to understand each other, and if the understanding cannot be reach, destruction will occur =S and wish history will never repeat itself again, thank for sharing this wonderful poem and great inspiration^^

Diane T said...

I know the US deeply regretted what happened. As a Canadian citizen and a US citizen I apologize. No one wants this to happen again, especially from North Korea or Iran. Inspiring, Mory and Sam.

signed...bkm said...

We need to constantly work together as a world never to let this happen again....blessings...bkm

Carrie Van Horn said...

Mory thank you so much for taking the time to share this post. Let humanity remember so that this never happens to humanity again.
God bless you and Sam. :-)

Brian Miller said...

i read sam's and it was beautiful...yours alike...and sarrowful to think about but thank you for helping us remember...and thanks for playing at oneshot.

Desert Rose said...

I agree with signed...BKM we need all to be one voice to never let it happen again,i am from Egypt and yes we suffered a lot of war miseries..we need to look forward to a brighter future,thanks for such powerful post :)
glad you linked to one shot..cheers from Cairo :)

dustus said...

One of the most moving posts I've read and watched. I applaud your conviction and appreciate you for posting this for One Shot after being inspired by Sam's poem.... Thank you!

Maureen said...

A striking line, this: "Anything that flies isn't indeed a bird." It holds both deep sadness and wisdom.

I've done quite a bit of research about the day the bomb was dropped and wrote a post about Hiroshima last October. I'm also reworking a long poem about that day that I hope some time to publish.

As Mahmoud Darwish has written, "Give me back the human".

May peace be with you.

Mommy Emily said...

i love the way you write...

Glynn said...

My daughter-in-law's grandmother was a young teenaged girl who rode the train one day with her brother to the capital to visit family. After they left, the bomb was dropped on Nagasaki, destroying their family and everything they knew. The poem reminds us of what we're capable of -- and the cost.

Anonymous said...

these days now only a part of history
we say we are remembering those whose suffered and those who were killed .

but now everything mostly seems like a political propaganda

or media drama show isn't it

only those who suffered their families remember this days as heroic tales.

Marshy said...

thankyou for sharing this..and even after this terrible event the bombs we have are now are even stronger...i was showing my child some images of this the other day and what we are capable of..its so hard to comprehend that shadows were burned into walls...thanks for sharing with one shot..cheers Pete

PattiKen said...

Thank you for reminding us so powerfully of the evil that was is. I read Sam Lui's piece and I'm simply going to repeat my comment to him:

I am very moved, and find it difficult to repeat almost a lifetime of words against such atrocities. I read Hiroshima by John Hersey almost 50 years ago, and have never been the same. I've been ashamed of my fellow humankind and what we have done (and continue to do) to each other ever since.

Bubba said...

Powerful stuff!

Most interesting to me (as an American) was to hear the Hiroshima bombing described from a victim's point of view. Much more poignant than the typical American 'apology' piece, written as some form of weak retribution.

Unknown said...

A wonderful reflection on an awful and shameful human act.

Beachanny said...

The prayers they said to save us, didn't save us all. The cost of war is dear and the pain of having a planet loaded with these weapons is so frightening that we bury the knowledge like the rockets deep underground. It takes reiteration of that event to bring back the horror and force us to a new commitment not to use them. Thank you for this powerful piece.

TALON said...

Inhumanity...tragic and reprehensible. The viewpoint of the children makes it even more horrific if that's at all possible.

Anonymous said...

Mory, this was such a beautiful poem! A heartfelt tribute to all those and to all that was destroyed by the nuclear disruption on that fateful day! I have never quite understood why... I don't see the point of all this destruction.. the desperate need for people to prove themselves to others...and in such a gruesome way! The thought is really horrifying...
This was a sad poem... but it is powerful and with a very strong message... Will read Sam's write as well... Just need some time to digest this one.. it is distressing.. no, not the poem, but the "human" destructive nature..

Anonymous said...

This is so thought provoking and gave me chills. I am so thankful that you shared will stay with me for a while.

joanna said...

It has to be said, for we are living with this threat and the people who we put our trust in as leaders are not reliable or trust worthy of our fate - if they were and history does repeat it self, we would not be sharing this photo, and poems around the globe.


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