by Brian Mitchell

Early in the day, in and around the city, people had been going about their daily business. Many were already at work in the factories and in the fields.

A small group of children had been helping their families planting rice, and had stopped to catch crickets; which they would flush out of the ground by pouring water down their holes and catching them as soon as they floated to the top and frying them to eat.

Some fishermen had just landed their first catch of the day, and some children had gathered round to pinch some of the smaller fish, which they would eat raw after drying them and soaking them in vinegar or lemon juice.

Some smaller children were playing with a small octopus which had come up in the fishermen’s nets, and were biting it and allowing its tentacles to curl around their necks in order to shock the city folk passing on their way to work.

At the sound of a dull, reverberating drone somewhere to the West, they searched the blue sky until they spotted a flashing, silvery fish approaching the city.

The plane appeared to bank and turn away, as if uninterested. The people carried on with their work and play.

Some fishermen out at sea said:”The sun rises in the West today!”

Hiroshima had vanished in a flash of blinding light, and one hundred and seventy-six thousand people no longer worked or played.

  • “Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds.” (Bob Marley. Redemption Song.)
  • “Above all, always be capable of feeling deeply any injustice committed against anyone anywhere in the world.” (Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara, in a letter to his children a few months before he was killed by CIA supported forces in Bolivia.)
  • “Rise like lions after slumber, in unquestionable number. Shake your chains to earth like dew, which in sleep had fallen on you. Ye are many, they are few.” (English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley. Men of England.)
  • “It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on his not understanding it.” (US socialist writer and journalist Upton Sinclair.)
  • “Otro mundo es possible.” (Another world is possible.) (Heard said all over Latin America.)

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