Daniel Berrigan: Shadow on the Rock

Shadow on the Rock
by Daniel Berrigan, S.J.

At Hiroshima there’s a museum
and outside that museum there’s a rock,
and on that rock there’s a shadow.
That shadow is all that remains
of the human being who stood there on August 6, 1945
when the nuclear age began.
In the most real sense of the word,
that is the choice before us.
We shall either end war and the nuclear arms race now in this generation,
or we will become Shadows 0n the rock.

2 comments

    • Art Laffin at Dorothy Day Catholic Worker in Washington DC publicized this poem through his articles and reading it at the Hiroshima witness event at the White House in 2012. It also appeared here in an article by Art.

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