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John Hersey's Hiroshima

  In 2 seconds the city
(160 thousand persons)
has collapsed to dust & ashes
… RUBBLE ...

Hersey walks round & around
asking, searching.

Men women & children lie silent
- burnt, with skin hanging
( cut worms writhing? )
recalling
a forgotten god -
HOPING.

All these now dead were once people
somebody’s family      friends      children
brokenly wandering thru a brief book

. . . HERSEY’S BOOK.

Note

Hersey succeeds  marvellously in dragging his readers into the middle of the devastation.

We can hear the cries he hears & see the struggle his witnesses describe. We feel - looking through his eyes at the immense number of the dead & dying - the sense of helplessness, anxiety & ignorance of the living.