XII FLOATING LANTERNS (1969)


On August sixth every year,the seven rivers of Hiroshima are filled with lanterns.

Painted with the names of fathers,mothers,and sisters, they float on their way to the sea.


Almost there,pushed back flame snuffed out.

Darkly coming back in pieces.

Tossed by ocean waves.


That time,years past, these same rivers were filled.

With the corpses of those fathers mothers and sisters.


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