View from the choir

I am a Catholic layperson and Secular Franciscan with a sense of humor. After years in the back pew watching, I have moved into the choir. It's nice to see faces instead of the backs of heads. But I still maintain God has a sense of humor - and that we are created in God's image.

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Two Nagasaki haiku

a break in the clouds
gave way to that sunrise –
Nagasaki

the morning prayers
rose heavenward that day –
Nagasaki

(Notes: The primary target August 9 was cloud-covered. The bomber crew went to the secondary target, Nagasaki, where a break in the clouds allowed them to drop the bomb.
Nagasaki was the most Catholic city in Japan at the time of the bombing)

2 Comments:

Blogger Paul, just this guy, you know? said...

I've read (don't recall where) that at the moment of the Nagasaki bombing, a group was at prayer in the Cathedral (the mid-air explosion was directly over the Cathedral), praying that they might somehow atone for their nation's culpability in unjustly starting the Pacific war.

10:40 AM  
Blogger Lee Strong said...

I vaguely recalled a story like that -hence the prayer haiku.

11:08 AM  

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