The Raw War

War does two things. It robs the future of it’s potential while it opens doors for what is possible. The 5 ton Atom bomb the United States dropped on Hiroshima, August 6, 1945 took 80,000 people instantly and tens of thousands more in the next few weeks. Yes, we ended the war, a victory for sure, but an ending to any war is the beginning of so many more. And the effects ripple into the future generations.
No, I wasn’t there, so I can’t speak of the sudden impact of death and deafening screams. I can imagine what it must have been like, but I cannot embody that same fear, pain and devastation. The closest one to me who knew anything about the ravage of war could not tell. He never was released completely from his captivity. So those he loved suffered…my own war began.
I hear the threats of retaliation still between nations, while at the same time hear them memorialize and remember  to never forget that we want peace. Is that not irony?
Bombs bursting in air
Paint the future in shrapnel
Dusk is Winter’s gray it is haibun Monday. 1 to 3 paragraphs of prose followed with a haiku. Today is the 73 anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima., marking the end of WW11.
An effort in writing what I don’t completely understand.
I didn’t want to bail.
I cannot get this to space correctly!

About Mary (tqhousecat)

I am a wife and a mother of two grown children. I love Jesus and sharing my faith through written words. I currently have a poetry blog and also write on My main focus is hope in Christ. I only wish that whoever reads this will be blessed, inspired and occasionally amused.
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7 Responses to The Raw War

  1. Grace says:

    Isn’t it sad when: the threats of retaliation still between nations. The ripple effects of that war still continue to this day.


  2. rothpoetry says:

    A great story of the many personal wars that follow every war. Great haiku… gray at dusk…heading into winter!

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  3. Unfortunately, the seeds of the next war are so often sown in the last one. Your prose articulates this painful truth so clearly. Your haiku brings it home. Thank you, Mary!


  4. but an ending to any war is the beginning of so many more.

    So much truth. So much wisdom.


  5. lillian says:

    It has been obvious, reading all the responses to this prompt, there is indeed a “ripple effect” to war….even all these years later. Well written.


  6. We still talk about war as if it was anything that could solve problems… instead we know there are new problems each time… and the language used is just getting worse.


  7. That’s a powerhouse haiku, Mary.


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