Saturday, August 3, 2013

Mushroom Cloud

Detritus now.

Remains of a day in August

A Geiger counter's chaff.

Gone--

The residue, who we were,

The leavings, what we were,

The rubble, where we were.

Never will be a why.




The prompt is a picture of shadows on a wall.  I remembered that the bombing in Hiroshima/Nagasaki took place this coming week, and I recalled that there were shadows of the people killed on the walls that were left standing. 



15 comments:

  1. There is never a good enough why, that is certain. Well written and thought provoking.

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  2. I love the leavings, the residue and the rubble -- This is really imaginative.

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  3. Well now, wasn't that just excellent! Serious. Sobering. But, excellent, just the same. You are a wonderful writer, if I do say so myself! :)

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  4. There's a lot of power in those last four lines. Well done. Thanks for linking up!

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  5. Leavings, residue and rubble - powerful word choices. There isn't a good answer for 'why.'

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    1. No, not really. Thank you for reading!

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  6. That is SOOOOO good! I was actually thinking of those same shadows as I read - so your words evoked exactly what you'd seen!

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  7. That would be a truly haunting image!

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