5 thoughts on “Tolling bell at Children’s Peace Memorial, Hiroshima

  1. David Bird

    Beautiful post that says so much without words. Each time I scrolled thought it, it became more poignant.

  2. Ralph

    The Ginkgo leaves are a beautiful last photo. May peace someday settle on us all.
    Thank you so much for posting this.

  3. Anonymous

    Thank you, David. This week is so difficult, really from July 16 (Trinity test date) to the August 9th bombing of Nagasaki. As a child in the 50’s I had a pen pal from that then, still-reeling, city. I have often thought about her and her health. When I was at the Gandhi Institute For Nonviolence Sadako’s story was a tender telling, especially for the children as we folded peace cranes at “kindness workshops.” For years on July 16th there was a 24 hour fast and vigil at the north end of White Sands near the hamlet of San Antonio. A 40-day liquid fast accompanied that annual commemoration: http://infohost.nmt.edu/~chonte/trinity.htm. I’m afraid I don’t know the status of the gathering now. Haven’t been since I came to Sewanee. What wonderful people were there. Many folks from New Mexico who had experienced the initial blast. Amazing, touching hospitality and worship together in the desert. Thank you again for the reminder and the exquisite tolling of the bell at the memorial in Hiroshima. Lord help and lead us all. God bless you and all your work. Kay MacKenzie

    1. David George Haskell Post author

      Thank you, Kay, for these kind words an for the powerful experiences that you relate here. It is indeed a hard time, especially so when in some (but not all) the US the anniversaries passes with so little mention or attention. Have you read Thomas Merton’s “antipoem” on Trinity/Little Boy?


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