Jerusalem and Hiroshima:
Legacies of Concentrated Effort
We are told to pray for the peace of Jerusalem,
But the peace of Jerusalem
I would wish upon no one.
Centuries of placing our noblest causes
and highest callings
In one geographical area
Has produced, not the heavenly city,
But rather a wasteland of unending struggle.
In Hiroshima, they do not just pray for peace.
They demand it.
It was there that our greatest minds with our human nature
Brought hell on earth in our fight for freedom.
Let us keep Jerusalem,
And let us embrace Hiroshima
To remind us not to try such things again.