10 July 2017

9 August

Hot across the Plains, the Middle Atlantic,
           into New England: 81 degrees
At the Lake1
           Fish hiding deep behind Mt. Kineo.
Today's encore:
           Fat Man2

Cannonballs into the pool, waves
           paint slanted foundations with
Fire's pure colors to the very edge;
           The Great Artiste3 records
The variables: temperature, wind, force,
           pressure – over ground zero.

          Nagasaki, 1945

Hot weather, corn is high,
           the smell of football in the air,
Homecoming, Thanksgiving approaching:
           to the victor, the spoils.
Winter's soon at the Lake,
           enjoy the heat.

1. Actual weather at Moosehead Lake,
    Maine, on 9 August 1945
2. the 2d (for delivery) atomic bomb built
    at Los Alamos
3. the Great Artiste: name the crew gave to the B-29
    bomber that recorded all measurements
    & events on the bombing run

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