Another Peace poem

ImagePainting Hiroshima – August 6, 1945 

When I was a brush, a crude-tufted, rough brush,
I pulled myself around the sky, painting mushroom clouds
and streaks of fire. On the ground 
I spilled chemicals to burn the skin.

But if I could go back to August 5, I would begin
by painting over the Enola Gay with sky-blue paint 
and dreamy white cumulous puffs 
that looked like sheep or old men with beards. 

I wouldn’t allow one speck of gray-green metal to show,
nothing to build on at a later time. Not one
bomb would leave the soft hairs of my pen,
not one person would run screaming to nowhere.

I would be a fine sable brush, go to these cities 
and paint emergency medical stations 
with a huge red cross, deep shelters with steps going down.

But it’s sixty-some years past and the original 
painting resides under all the others that tried
to justify or hide the deed—a pentimento 
of all those faded pieces painted with ignorance. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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