Wednesday, August 6, 2014

The Flowers of Hiroshima


In the midst of devastation,
on hillsides surrounding the rubble,
flowers began to bloom,
to give hope,
to encourage healing,
life, beginning again.

This is how much the earth
wants to live.

May the bombs cease.
May the earth mend.
May the human psyche heal.

May humanity's heart
regain the freshness
and the innocence
of new beginnings.
May our hearts open
to our fellow humans
like the first blossom
upon parched earth.

for Susan's prompt at Mid Week Motif: Hiroshima, to mark the anniversary.

Note: today's nuclear weapons are ONE THOUSAND TIMES more powerful than the ones dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Which means if even one was detonated anywhere in the world, it would be unmitigated disaster. 

I had written a much darker one for this prompt. Then I read about the flowers.






30 comments:

  1. i hear your prayer...
    and it is interesting how the earth wants to heal...and we see that in the life that tries to grow back...interesting perspective sherry....

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  3. sorry blogger is being wacky this morning...

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  4. Thank you, Sherry. Of course I want to read the darker one, too, but I love how the oleander bloomed with the recovery of what might still nurture the survivors and survival of Hiroshima. From sacrilege to sacred, the earth turns. Thank you for turning this poem into a prayer.

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  5. You put it well, Koko. I love the fact that you decided to write a 'hopeful' poem. Somebody told me a good movie ends on a happy note. And I am seeing it evidenced here.

    Great poem, Koko.

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  6. may we all follow the flower trail..a beautiful prayer.. ..

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  7. Thanks always for flowers ..they always lift the dust..inside and out...beautiful piece...

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  8. let our heart be like those flowers..full of innocence and love...

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  9. This is a prayer of hope and beautiful faith in the goodness that lies within. Something we all need to learn.

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  10. "This is how much the earth
    wants to live."
    loved this Sherry ... we indeed live on a very forgiving mother earth!! i wonder though for how long we can trample her till she forgives no more!! lets all pray for peace!!

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  11. It's easy to write dark when darkness wants to win so badly. But glad you wrote of hope. Glad you decided to be the light.

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  12. The oleander is truly a flower of survival. If we can't listen to warning signs maybe we can listen to nature.

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  13. As always, your verse brings peace to my mind..... that a ray of hope exists somewhere and a flower will bloom..definitely...

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  14. shudders...really? May God grant the world peace and harmony to avoid those modern bombs from detonating anywhere. :(

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  15. May we have the wisdom not to go in that direction again.

    Beautifully written and full of hope.

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  16. I did not know this about the oleander. The earth indeed wants to live...this should be our model for healing as human beings. Beautiful poem and image!

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  17. I love the hope in your words. Indeed the earth wants to live and we want to destroy everything alive, without realizing we are digging our graves.

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  18. Sherry lovely hopeful lines- 'reminds one of the lines' I have found flowers' I wish the Earth would have more trees and flowers than bombs and blasts

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  19. Let all the hatred die and happiness blossoms all over the world.

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  20. God forbid! Hopefully we will not get a world leader trigger-happy enough to do the dreadful. Very touching Sherry!

    Hank

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  21. I like to think of those flowers….wonderful write.

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  22. Sherry,

    It is amazing that nature tries to restore sense and a future, otherwise destroyed by humans and their inhuman actions...An uplifting message from Hiroshima, through your flower connections.

    Eileen

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  23. So very true. Despite any kind of destruction life always finds a way to rebound. I think this is telling us something!

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  24. I did not know about the oleander. Not surprising though,it is highly toxic if ingested.The poisons of our earth are indestructable, it seems.

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  25. Oh what a prayer for peace. I love it.

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  26. I would love the world to listen more to the flowers - the eagerness to live, this is what's most important instead of our focus on death.

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  27. horrors are visited... then covered over, eventually, and beauty like this emerge ~

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