Shukkeien Gingko – from the Poetry archive

Today is the 77th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima.   Modern Japan can give us all hope.

The gingko in the Shukkeien Garden – 1945

A 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;
blossom for another day.

And here you thrive
thy saffron yellow cloak in fall
a testament to your will to live
a hopeful lesson for 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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2 Responses to Shukkeien Gingko – from the Poetry archive

  1. beetleypete says:

    Good to know that the tree regenerated. Maybe mankind shouldn’t be allowed to do the same. We had our chance, and ruined the planet.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  2. beth says:

    this gave me chills as well as hope. thank you, beautiful post

    Liked by 1 person

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