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When the World Explodes (a Poem of War-Torn Love)

Updated on October 26, 2018
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John is a poet and short fiction writer who enjoys collaborating on stories with other writers, and partaking in challenges.

The mushroom cloud of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, Japan on August 9, 1945 rose some 18 kilometers (11 mi) above the bomb's hypocenter.
The mushroom cloud of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, Japan on August 9, 1945 rose some 18 kilometers (11 mi) above the bomb's hypocenter. | Source

Poetry Challenge and Acknowledgement

This poem was my contribution to the Poem Challenge 2 set by Sunny River.

For her challenge Sunny provided a list of 45 phrases. Her instructions were "If you are writing a stanza poem, include one phrase in every stanza. If there are no stanzas, make sure one phrase is included for every four lines."

It was a challenge meeting these guidelines but I think I succeeded. I hope you enjoy this piece of poetry and welcome your comments.

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When The World Explodes

I have snapshots in my mind

Of the one I left behind,

In a land so far away,

And my heart still aches today.


It was in Japan we met,

And I can't forget it yet.

Pretty ribbons in your hair,

Pink blossoms everywhere.


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Wispy thoughts I can't control,

And the sadness takes its toll

As the memories flood back,

Of the atomic bomb attack.


Thunder rumbles through my bones,

As I recall the frightening tones,

Mushroom cloud engulfs the sky,

We are all about to die.

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People running, racked by pain,

As the dragon slips its chain,

And Satan's deadly dust begins to fall,

Not discriminating, touching one and all.


Under the fiery light of the sun,

A vendetta of vengeance had begun.

Uncle Sam, with power and might,

Showing no mercy, won the fight.

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We say our love will never die,

Until we see that fearsome sky.,

And all our words just fall down dead,

When all the world turns red.


One by one and two by two,

Separating me from you,

Survivors frantic to escape

In the bomb's horrendous wake.


In a land far from home,

I never felt more alone.

Without knowledge of your plight,

I searched for you until the night.


As the shadows lengthen

My attempts to find you strengthen

But my sad quest is in vain

Like the weak tattoo of rain.

Clouds of words around my head

Thoughts that my love may be dead.

Things I never dare to say,

Keep recurring five times a day.


Now my life is filled with sorrow,

For yesterday or tomorrow.

It seems all love erodes,

When the world explodes.

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© 2013 John Hansen

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