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Hiroshima & Nagasaki, a poem by Hiromi Yoshida

Hiroshima & Nagasaki
by Hiromi Yoshida

The flash

The crash

The ash.

Decimation was instantaneous—skeletons etched upon asphalt,

shadows sick with radiation

vomited skyward curses—

The True Man hanging from the over-blossoming
tree of public panic unlynched.

Bio: Hiromi Yoshida teaches American Literature for the award-winning VITAL program at the Monroe County Public Library. Her poems have been published in literary magazines and journals that include Indiana Voice Journal, The Asian American Literary Review, Evergreen Review, and The Rain, Party, & Disaster Society.