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 –

the morning prayers
rose heavenward that day –

(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)


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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