As far away as London, there is a solid tree,
a stately tree, I would say, casting a broad shadow
on a cool green lawn.
A plaque at the base of the tree tells passers-by
that the tree was planted by the worshipful Mayor
of Camden, Councillor Mrs. Millie Miller,
on August 6, 1967.
It was twenty-two years after the new
U.S. bomb destroyed Hiroshima, killing ordinary people –
men, women and children – by blast, fire and radiation.
Some victims were incinerated, leaving only shadows.
How can a single tree, no matter how solid, bear
the weight of such memory?
Now, many years later, picnickers laugh and eat
their lunches in the shade of the tree.