Seventy years ago

Seventy years ago

Tokyo was engulfed in fire

For what was that war?

About AshiAkira

AshiAkira. Author of "Haiku Poems" and "Haiku Poems II" (www.lulu.com/shop/ashiakira/haiku-poems/paperback/product-23152158.html). Old resident of Tokyo.
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26 Responses to Seventy years ago

  1. A poignant reminder.

  2. thotpurge says:

    I’ve visited the Hiroshima memorial and this haiku touched me. Thanks for sharing it.

  3. seeker says:

    I ask the same question not just Japan. The remnants will linger for centuries.

  4. I have been made very sad reading accounts of this fire. Your poem pins that sadness.

    • AshiAkira says:

      I was then beginning to be trained to kill and to die. Until we can expose for whom and for what that madness was, the history is certain to repeat itself.

  5. Heartafire says:

    A sad reminder of wars catastrophes.

  6. seeker says:

    Reblogged this on The Seeker and commented:
    Lest We Forget: Destruction and killings are going on in many parts of the world. “Violence begets violence.” And no country can be free from what is going on in other countries today.

  7. Perfectly said. Thank you.

  8. I can’t even imagine. It seems like so long ago… And yet to those who survived, it must feel like just yesterday.

  9. The last line says it all my friend…what was it for? Wonderful haiku and reminder.

    • AshiAkira says:

      Thank you for the great comment. They say any problem can be solved if you find its cause. What, or whom, was it for? We must give a full investigation.

  10. gigoid says:

    Ashi,

    Your haiku is powerfully emotive, echoing the pain we all must share for that time. I was moved to respond in kind; I hope you like it, though it isn’t as strong as yours, I don’t think… It just says what your words prompted in me, in answer to your plaintive, all-too-rhetorical question…

    Haiku, for then, and now…

    Human nature lost
    virtue we were taught long ago.
    Lies became the Truth.

    Thank you, my friend. We all need to remember that day…. especially when the threat of war is still with us ,even stronger now it seems…

    • AshiAkira says:

      Thank you, Gigoid, for such an incisive and sincere comment and the haiku. I think the haiku sums up an aspect of the mankind that led to that tragedy. Lies were skillfully disguised in the appearance of truth to deceive the people. And I fear that those skillful people are again trying to use the same skill to satisfy their greed. Yes, I also feel the threat of war is getting stronger today.

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