V "BOYS AND GIRLS"
Lying dead in lines
along the riverbanks.
longing for the water.
They lay stacked back to
from head to foot
None recieved that last drop of water
flowing below the steep banks.
The boys and girls had been mobilized
to do adult work that day
to tear down buildings.
Whole classes died together.
Two sisters embraced each other
in disfigured human shapes.
Nearby, young girls without a scratch
"My little girl was the only one of her whole class
But her fingers were all burned and stuck together
and her face and neck became one.
She has never walked again
and hasn't grown since that day--
She was thirteen then."
So related a carpenter, a victim himself
looking at this painting.
（The Hiroshima Panels V "BOYS AND GIRLS" 1951, 1.8m×7.2m）