Hot across the Plains, the Middle Atlantic,
into New England: 81 degrees
At the Lake1
Fish hiding deep behind Mt. Kineo.
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.
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