Lay for the Day
1945: about 5.30am, in a desert in New Mexico, the Trinity shot
was fired the first atomic explosion.
next day a petition from 70 scientists, organised by the Hungarian-born
physicist Leo Szilard, was presented to President Truman. It appealed
to him not to use America’s new weapon against the Japanese people.
One paragraph read:
development of atomic power will provide the nations with new means of
destruction. The atomic bombs at our disposal represent only the first
step in this direction, and there is almost no limit to the destructive
power which will become available in the course of their future development.
Thus a nation which sets the precedent of using these newly liberated
forces of nature for purposes of destruction may have to bear the responsibility
of opening the door to an era of devastation on an unimaginable scale.
The dog star crawled
into the smallest
hole in the world,
found a hole in it,
crawled in further,
sulked nose to tail and yawned.
Dark space between flowers
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