Photo by S. Auberle
who never got to grow old…
born the year after me, who did.
Her beautiful bones stricken
by the atom bomb
when Hiroshima was bombed,
and though spared that awful day,
the poison lurked within,
and ten years later consumed her.
across the world, did I receive
of mine are ash, fling them
and all those who have died
waiting to be born, the one
who will finally
for until we learn, there is nothing--
not even a thousand cranes--
that can save us now.
*Sadako Sasaki is a heroine to the children
who visit her memorial in the Hiroshima
leave the paper cranes they make in her honor.