Hiroshima Day
hydrangeas
bent low

 


2 Responses

  1. Alan Summers Says:

    re:

    Hiroshima Day
    hydrangeas
    bent low

    —BRYAN RICKERT

    An interesting decision to forgo the definite article and have the bluntness of the phrase:

    hydrangeas
    bent low

    and not…

    Hiroshima Day
    the hydrangeas
    bent low

    Visually, the shorter lines one by one until there are only two, and then none, is highly effective.

    ***

    In Britain I remember hearing what I thought was the sirens for a nuclear attack. Out of fear I realised I could do nothing in the ten or twenty minutes I had left.

    The time was the very small hours between night and morning. I lived above a shop that I managed, and for the year I was there, I never heard the sirens ever again. Was it a misfire, perhaps from an antiquated factory? Who knows. I just know that appreciated the view over the Bristol docks with what I thought was one last time, and saw so many stars, like the backdrop here.

    It was comical that I saw this, just one car on the street…

    almost two wheels
    the car squeezes around
    the siren’s sound

    Alan Summers
    Publication credits: Azami #54 (Japan, 1999)

    As if from a B-movie horror or science fiction film.

    warm regards,

    Alan

  2. seaviewwarrenpoint Says:

    I can't help thinking how the hydrangea flower head echoes the shape of the mushroom cloud. Here they are bowed, as if at the memory of such devastation…

    marion

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