World War II, Human shadow on bank steps, in Hiroshima
after the explosion of the atom bomb in August 1945, Japan.
At Hiroshima, Japan, the late Fr. Daniel Berrigan wrote the following poem.
SHADOW ON THE ROCK
At Hiroshima there’s a museum
and outside that museum there’s a rock,
and on that rock there’s a shadow.
That shadow is all that remains
of the human being who stood there
on August 6, 1945
when the nuclear age began.
In the most real sense of the word,
that is the choice before us.
We shall either end war and the nuclear arms race
now in this generation,
or we will become shadows on the rock.