On the 70th Anniversary of the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor.
The eve of the immaculate was as peaceful –
…as the sea, though already in flames was the earth
Higher, above, over, the machine, the cursed tool –
…struggle to work in the zero hour, ships of war –
Infamy, on edge of empire and republic,
Embryos in Aphrodite’s womb, light the wick –
…and the whole world falls under the crimson moon’s sign!
We have not forgotten the assault, that morning,
Though seven decades is our forgiveness decree.
Perhaps in time, the rawness shall give way to waves;
Kilauea had not seen such conflagration,
Pearls of great price, honor them for what they died for.
December 7, 2011 – Konrad Tademar