Shukkeien Garden

In Hiroshima there was a park, Shukkeien Garden which was very near to ground zero. In the park was the tree, a Gingko.  These trees, which come in male and female are living fossils from the age before dinosaurs  and are the only living species in the division Ginkgophyta, all others having gone extinct in the great tree die-off.  It is found in fossils dating back 270 million years. Native to China, it survives today all over the planet.


The Gingko in Shukkeien Garden – 1945


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

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.


The Shukkeien Gingko 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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2 Responses to Shukkeien Garden

  1. beetleypete says:

    Trees are wonderful. We can all learn from them. Nice work, Frank.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Jennie says:

    A mighty tree.

    Liked by 1 person

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