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2003/08/16

Earlier there were many posts about fog because there was so much of it. Now it’s time to “complain” about the sun, because there has never been so much in August on the Coastside. Time to go out and enjoy the garden and the ocean.
posted by TT 1:16 PM

2003/08/12

Remembering Nagasaki: Contents

A-Bomb WWW Museum

A poem in three parts based on an oral history as told to Amy Goodman broadcast August 6, 2003:
I. Democracy Now! | Democracy Now! Commemorates the 58th Anniversary of the Hiroshima Bombing: An Interview with Hiroshima Survivor Shigeko Sasamori
II. Google Search: norman cousins rev tanimoto
III. The American Experience | Fly Girls | The B-29: A Brief History
posted by TT 2:04 PM

The American Experience | Fly Girls | The B-29: A Brief History
They said my face was like a
black ball,
no features,
unrecognizable.
When they cut away the skin,
it was like a cream puff underneath.

After a while,
I awoke under a net to protect me from flies.
There was no medicine, no doctor.
Burns covered one fourth of my body:
face, front from waist up, both arms and hands.

It was summer.
So many black flies all over.
So many dead bodies.
Couldn't burn them all.
People walk down the street and
their backs were black
with flies.
Horrible.

A while later at the Methodist Church,
Reverend Tanimoto, Kiyoshi Tanimoto,
introduced me to Norman Cousins,
who then went home and asked Americans to donate money
to bring me to the United States
for plastic surgery.

"Why go there?" they asked.
"America dropped the bomb."

"Yes,
America dropped the bomb," I said,
"But that is war,
Not the American people."

A couple of years later, 1955,
25 girls came over.
This is really human love.

I wish people who are ...
who are planning
a war
should go to Hiroshima
to the museum
there.
Everybody has to have education,
on how horrible.

I don't want to be on television,
but I have a mission.
Any chance.
Not just understand.
But action.
No
More
War!
posted by TT 11:02 AM

Google Search: norman cousins rev tanimoto

I cross the river and go to
a schoolyard that was there.
Please give me water
but no one will pay attention.
Give me water.
None for
four nights and five days
in the schoolyard as I said my name over and over,
"Shigeko Sasamori," no my maiden name, "Shigeto Nimoto."

One more time.
One more time I said my name.
Here am I, and my mother found me.
Miraculously unhurt both of my parents looked for me evry day.
One more time, and then I fell out of consciousness to dream.

A water well,
so beautiful, white flower,
and when I reached for the cup,
a stream. I push myself
and water is running, a river, like ocean,
oh so deep.
Then my body was hit like a rocket and I went up to the sky,
and saw the real gold,
melt the gold.
At the same time
my body was light,
and I heard music, ever so wonderful,
so beautiful.
"Shigeko?"
"Here am I."
Then the dream all disappears,
and felt the pain.

They brought me home and the neighbors said,
"She has a very strong heart."
In a deeper voice,
"That's why she can survive."
posted by TT 9:37 AM

2003/08/10

In an excerpt from a rare post to Fresh, the late Red Dog Pieface writes:
Arbeau, colorful as white
rainbow night
unbinds light
to wake drunk logic.
So seehearts may also see.
posted by TT 12:11 PM

Mudlarking, from the OED (word of the day August 10, 2003, GMT) is the correct word for the made up word in this picture.
The activity or occupation of a mudlark (in various senses), esp. the action of riding, playing, or driving in mud.
posted by TT 11:25 AM

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