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Post 75th Anniversary of First Nuclear Test: A Haiku
Created by John Eipper on 07/19/20 3:48 AM

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75th Anniversary of First Nuclear Test: A Haiku (David Krieger, USA, 07/19/20 3:48 am)

Since stepping down after 38 years as president of Nuclear Age Peace Foundation (NAPF) at the end of last year, I've been enjoying reading and writing haiku poetry. Here is one I wrote three days ago (July 16th) on the 75th anniversary of the first atomic test:

The desert glowed
brighter than a thousand suns--
everything changed

In just a few weeks it will be the 75th anniversaries of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, important events in the calendar of our times. Here is a poem (not haiku) I wrote some years ago about the irony of signing the Nuremberg Charter in the short interval between the two atomic bombings:


August 6th:

Dropped atomic bomb
On civilians
At Hiroshima.

August 8th:

Agreed to hold
War crimes trials
For Nazis.

August 9th:

Dropped atomic bomb
On civilians
At Nagasaki.

With best wishes.

JE comments:  David, great to hear from you, and here's to the NAPF's continued success under the leadership of your successor, Rick Wayman.

We'll see a number of significant 75th anniversaries in the coming month--in particular, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and the surrender of Japan.

WAIS somehow missed the actual anniversary of the Trinity test in New Mexico (July 16th, 1945).  Here's an essay from David Szondy that nicely captures the mood of that world-changing day:


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