V BOYS AND GIRLS (1951)


Lying dead in lines along the riverbanks.

Heads together longing for the water.

They lay stacked back to from head to foot and died.

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 lay dead.

"My little girl was the only one of her whole class to live.

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.


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