Before I submitted my "atomic bomb" haiku, I noted the following instructions,
Because of Nagasaki, the special theme is 'atomic bomb'. The term 'atomic bomb' does not necessarily need to appear in your haiku. There is no restrictions except that your haiku must not be submitted for or as an act of political or religious purposes.I remembered seeing "shadows" in photos of the aftermath of the atomic bomb blasts. These were my inspiration, and I tried to portray the disinterest of the natural world in the machinations of humans.
I have created a haiga using the poem:
Let me conclude by telling you that Nagasaki has built a beautiful Peace Park near the center of the bomb blast site. A large statue has been installed as "a symbol of the divine love and mercy of Buddha." I hope we can all visit it one day.
This week's Poetry Friday Round-Up is hosted by Tricia at The Miss Rumphius Effect. Tricia is the lovely lady who stretches everyone's poetry muscles each Monday when she gives readers a poetry-writing challenge. I contribute often, but not every week--sometimes the forms are beyond me! I still have a lot to learn...
Haiga: © Diane Mayr, all rights reserved. Image: U.S. Government Printing Office.
Wow! Congratulations, Diane! What a powerful haiga. Amazing!ReplyDelete
Congratulations to you!
Way to go, Diane! Great poem!ReplyDelete
Your words coupled with that image are like a punch in the gut. Stunning. Shocking. Take your breath away.ReplyDelete
You have definitely found your form. You work magic.ReplyDelete
Thank you everyone for your comments. Have a creative and fulfilling weekend!ReplyDelete
Congratulations, Diane! What a wonderful honor.ReplyDelete
I loved your haiku!
Congratulations, Diane. So much power in so few words!ReplyDelete
What a powerful poem, to go along with that sobering image. Well done!!ReplyDelete
I agree with all these comments.ReplyDelete
A brilliant and thought-provoking haiga. Just shows what haiga can do.
This stands for all types of warfare right up to the modern day.
Absolutely stunning Diane! ;-)
all my very best
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