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Red — a poem

Author’s note: A little experimentation with stream of consciousness, and putting everything I have learned throughout the last three months living in Hiroshima into words. I came to this city with naïve opinions and assumptions, and they have been turned on upside down and rightside up again. Did my moral values change? Maybe. Am I still confused? You bet I am. But hey, it’s all a learning curve.

Red

 

I woke up to

a deformed sky

doused with the sunrise

the warmth lingered on my skin

the cold flame

chilled me to the bone.

 

I looked out the window

to see a blinding red

coming closer

I wondered

what the divine wind saw

coming closer

cherry blossom farewell

send the sinners home

to mothers

when the white crane

was shot out of the endless blue sky.

 

We were afraid of red

afraid of the mongrel banner they carried

afraid of the dishonor of fallen Berlin

of eternal winter that will cut us down

like a hysterical, incumbent plague

but we didn’t know

another red

possessor of indescribable beauty

unfathomable destruction

if only we knew.

 

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