Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima

ten miles eastward a massive flash-
bang strikes the hitherto tame sky
growls with a thunder of a thousand
thunders there too a monstrosity
of matter mushroom-like expands
walls quake dust expels from
celings the air devours flesh
those nearer sprawled in rubble
possess the fortune of promptly

she deluges splatters
of vomit to her side the cadaverous
air blurs from tear-immersed eyes
upon her charred arms an infant
suckles unsuccessfully

every mirror-glance reflects frozen
time and nightmare she shrills
at attempts to shatter it but
even the eyelids at twilight throw
harrowing reminders every night
dust sheds from ceiling every
night even the raven weeps

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