8 September 2019

Hiroshima Day Ceremony held at Millennium Bridge, Congresbury

A photo of origami cranes in the river at CongresburyBefore our meeting in Congresbury on 6 August, we held a brief ceremony at the Millennium Bridge. Folk who appreciate that the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were crimes against humanity, gathered to pay their respects to the dead and the maimed.

Numerous origami paper cranes, traditional symbols of peace, were tied to nearby trees, and some were floated down the Congresbury Yeo. The Peace Crane references the story of Sadako Sasaki (1943– 1955), a Japanese victim of the long-term effects of the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima in 1945.

Long-standing Green Party member Richard Lawson, read a poem he had composed on the topic a few years back:

The Promise of Hiroshima


It was all so beautiful.

Mathematics could dissect reality itself,

Complex, but simply balanced,

A logan rock moved by a touch,

and through these mysteries

we came to understand

the energy constrained within a grain of sand.


Infinitesimal becomes

unbounded power.

Three planes, one flash

One whole town gone to dust.

Nothing except a few skeletal lines

Some shadow where a man had been.

Silence, apart from screams.


For some, that was success.

And this is how it stays. We live

under the sword of Damocles

peace dangling by a hair,

our fallibility denied.

We live beneath a constant threat,

in wilful ignorance of death.


As if the sheer perfection of the truth

could purge the politicians' faults.

As if the discipline of science

that showed them to unlock the door

had somehow spread itself

into the corrupted soul and mind

of those whose stock in trade is lies.


Richard Lawson




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