Preface (to Poems of the Bomb) by Toge Sankichi (序 [原爆詩集より] / 峠三吉)

give back my father give back my mother
give back the elderly
give back the children

give back myself to connect to myself
give back humanity

as long as there is a world a human world
give back our peace an unbreakable peace

ちちをかえせ ははをかえせ
としよりをかえせ
こどもをかえせ
 
わたしをかえせ わたしにつながる
にんげんをかえせ

にんげんの にんげんのよのあるかぎり
くずれぬへいわをへいわをかえせ

NOTES:

Toge Sankichi (1917-1953) was a survivor of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. His most famous work is Poems of the Bomb (原爆詩集, “Atomic Bomb Poetry Collection”), published in 1951. He died two years later at the age of 36.

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