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Little Boy in the Cherry Blossom City

Little Boy in the Cherry Blossom City

The cherry blossom city was so quiet
on that perfect summers day.

The people lived in uncertain beauty,
confused.
As every night the B-29's fly over
and never a bomb is lain.

A terrible sense of anticipation,
foreboding,
wondering,
why are we being saved?

They were being saved so Enola Gay
could bring little boy to play.

Hiroshima was once known as the Cherry Blossom City.

It is not known for flowers today.

Only really known as where Little Boy played
74 years ago today.

in remembrance of the day our world changed and we learnt to be afraid.

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Tony Taylor

Holy God Sir NIGEL!!... what an incredibly poetic translation of one of the world's most historical tragedies!!...... the way that this is so poetically encapsulated by phrasing and imagery is a testament to just how powerfully you felt the effects of that day yourself..... it's an astonishingly moving piece of poetic truth!!.....I don't know what else to say other than I will read this over many times.... and not forget it my friend!!......PINNED for perfection!!..... your ever-friend and admirer......T xo 🐧✴❤✴👏👏👏✴🐧
Ps. Enola Gay.... wow!!...... bravo!!

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Nigel Cresswell

Thank you Tony my friend. The 74th anniversary of Hiroshima and the 35th anniversary of my membership of CND.
Your friend
Nigel.

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Cherie Leigh

Hi Nigel...It is hard to believe it has been 74 years since that tragic day.  I feel so sad thinking the cherry blossom city of Japan will never be known for its beauty but of total devastation.  We must learn from history to avoid future repeats.  Your narration of this atomic bomb, "little boy" is awesome descriptive imagery.  Thank you for sharing your talents.  xo ;) 

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Nigel Cresswell

Hi Cherie. My father visit Hiroshima for work about 30 years ago. It is a thriving city now home to car companies and with irony the Japanese nuclear power industry. He said the Museum one of the most harrowing places he'd ever been.
Thanks Cherie
Nigel

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pauline codd

Little Boy and Fat Man, they say they brought the war to end,..sacrificed..and maybe the start of other things. Brilliant poem Nigel.  We were shown this in school when I was eight, I thought for years I would become a shadow on the ground..think maybe we all are..fabulous imagery.

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Nigel Cresswell

Hi Pauline, I think everyone born into the height of the cold war had those nightmares of being turned into shadows. With Trump rattling sabres with Iran still do.

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lodigiana

Sometimes all we subconsciously want to do if forget our mistaken past..filled with destruction and hatred. We cant know for sure if peace could have been attained any other way..but we condition ourselves to believe the loss was  ultimately worth it.....We need reminding of the true horrors  of war..on all sides. An emotive piece  beautifully expressed Sir Nigel...and truly a day that changed the world  just as 9/11 did years later. A great write my friend! Lady L xxx

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Nigel Cresswell

Lady L, I think the Hiroshima bomb, little boy, was necessary. The scientists who created Little Boy believed it was necessary. Anything to avoid the hideous losses on both sides if a surrender could not be forced. If a land invasion of the Japanese mainland had to be attempted.
The Fat Man dropped on Nagasaki however is a different thing. Fat Man was the first of it's kind. A plutonium device and they knew how to make plutonium. America has always believed in mass production. 
The Fat Man was dropped on the 9th August 1945 and on the 9th I will post the sister piece to this. 
Thank you Lady Lodigiana 
Nigel 

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