It's like my grandfather always told me: Mike, when life hands you Lemons, ask for a paternity test.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


I am wary of
Plutonium leaking out.
Entire districts'
produce are banned in Japan.
Why? Plutonium
sank deep into our Mother,
poisoning what she would give.

The Children of Tsutomu

I'm trying to wrap my head around the current natural and atomic crises going on in Japan. I previously wrote a waka about Tsutomu Yamaguchi, a man who survived both atomic bombings. Given what this generation of Japanese are dealing with, I wrote this and the next poem. Tell me what you think.
The Children of Tsutomu
My heart extends to
the Children of Tsutomu.
You inherited
Atomic inclinations.
Now, when fierce waters
rise over borders, also
your Father's nightmares return.