Ron Faust reads his poem as the Loose Park Lagoon fountain splashes in the background.—Photo by Jim Hannah

Ron Faust, a member of the PeaceWorks-KC Board of Directors, read the following poem which he wrote for Kansas City, MO, Hiroshima/Nagasaki Remembrance Aug. 5.

Egregious Genocide
Slaughtering humanity repeatedly
        Semi-automated weapons strike
           At the heart of a caring society
Feelings stop for humanity
        When we no longer have empathy
           And we become cold and brutal
And the future depends on enough love
        To counter balance any Hiroshima
           That promotes mass destruction.