Photo by S. Auberle
Today is the anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. In Japan there is a legend that if you fold
1,000 paper cranes a live crane will grant you a wish. Sadako Sasaki, a victim of leukemia as a result of the bombing is a heroine to the children of Japan, who visit her
memorial in the Hiroshima Peace Park to leave paper cranes they've
made in her honor.
For Sadako, 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--