Hiding under desks or hunkering against interior school walls were common occurrences during my childhood. The importance of those drills was driven home by images of the destruction wrought on Hiroshima during the summer of 1945. Death and destruction were known factors of wartime, but the scale of that one blast was seared into our young minds by those images. While the war with Japan and the bombing of Hiroshima were long in the past, the United States was no longer the only country to have nuclear weapons. Those drills told us that we had a new enemy to fear, and that the Soviet Union would not hesitate to use nuclear missiles to deliver a preemptive strike.
New players continue to enter the nuclear stage, and our world has leaders who do not hesitate to face off and show their bravado while threatening to rain destruction down on each other. Sadly, the specter of nuclear annihilation means nothing to them.
amid summer’s heat
remembering senseless loss
Frank Tassone’s prompt for Haibun Monday at dVerse is to recognize Hiroshima Day 2018 and the annual Peace Memorial Ceremony by dealing with the theme in a haibun.
Photo found here.