Shukkeien Gingko

The Shukkeien garden gingko after Hiroshima

Permian fossil
survivor of the frost
the great tree holocaust
do you remember Pangaea?

All your family gone
yet still you stand
a silent guardian;
living witness to the die off.

Survivor of the heat and light
the visit of Enola Gay
thy burned and twisted branch still lived;
a blossom for another day.

And here you thrive
thy saffron yellow cloak in fall
a testament to your will
a hopeful lesson to us all.


and today





About toritto

I was born during year four of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Claudius on the outskirts of the empire in Brooklyn. I married my high school sweetheart, the girl I took to the prom and we were together for forty years until her passing in 2004. We had four kids together and buried two together. I had a successful career in Corporate America (never got rich but made a living) and traveled the world. I am currently retired in the Tampa Bay metro area and live alone. One of my daughters is close by and one within a morning’s drive. They call their pops everyday. I try to write poetry (not very well), and about family. Occasionally I will try a historical piece relating to politics. :-)
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4 Responses to Shukkeien Gingko

  1. beetleypete says:

    A nice tribute for today, Frank. The trees could teach us a lot, if we would only listen.
    Best wishes, Pete.


  2. sojourner says:

    I doubt that many of the young even know about this day in 1945, or what an Enola Gay is or was.

    Nature is amazing. I wonder sometimes, if the fauna, in particular, ever get fed up with us human beings and all of our wars, death and destruction?


    • toritto says:

      It is unfortunate that so many of the young probably don’t have a clue about Hiroshima or Enola Gay; then again they probably never heard the word Gingko, Permian or Pangaea either. Then again, maybe not. Regards.

      Liked by 1 person

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