Girl with burned hands
  Ilona Martonfi

Tied in a furoshiki
silk cloth,
parched
white light

shadows of Nagasaki
walking along a street
my sister Sakhue
going to school

unaware of the plutonium
at 11:02 a.m. August 9, 1945
Tokiwa Bridge
the sun falling

hands bent claw-like
a nine-year-old girl

by the Nakajima river
on the island of Kyūshū

Sakhue cries and calls for mother.
The rain black
in bamboo groves
cicadas

bowl of rice, chopsticks
wooden clogs.

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