1. She saw the Thunderbolt in the sky like a million suns, it prickled her eyes; she saw the Thunderbolt in the sky - two years old, it prickled her eyes.

But now she sits making paper cranes, paper cranes, paper cranes.
Now she sits making paper cranes - Sadako from Hiroshima.

2. She was a runner, swift and strong,
she was tall and slim and her legs were long; she was a runner, swift and strong -
ten years old and her legs were long.

3. She went to hospital tired and weak,
it was hard to laugh, it was hard to speak. she went to hospital tired and weak, eleven years old, it was hard to speak. And now she sits ...

4. She lost the race that she wanted to win - paper cranes couldn't cover her with their wings, cranes couldn't cover her with their wings - twelve years old and she wanted to win.
And now she lies with her ...

5. This is our cry, this is our prayer, "May the crane of peace fly everywhere!" This is our cry, this is our prayer, "Crane of peace fly everywhere!"

On August 6th, 1945, the first atomic bomb was dropped, on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. ‘Sadako And The Thousand Paper Crane’, a book by Eleanor Coerr, tells the story of a 2 year old girl called Sadako, who survived the bomb, apparently unscathed, along with her family. When she was 11 years old, however, she became ill with a form of radiation illness. She had to go to hospital. Her best friend came to visit her with a gift. She brought Sadako a folded paper crane, and reminded her of an old Japanese belief: if a sick person made a thousand paper cranes and made a wish on each one, she would get better. Sadako made 642 before she died, but her friends and classmates made the rest and she was buried with a thousand paper cranes. Her statue is in Hiroshima Peace Park — she stands holding an origami crane — and it is her story that has made the folded paper crane a symbol of peace the world over. The song was inspired particularly by a short prayer that Sadako's mother whispers one night as she leaves the hospital bed where her daughter is sleeping: "O flock of heavenly cranes, cover my child with your wings".


2021 - Where do we go from here?

Breezin' along in my Japanese coupe, breezin' along with the windows down. The dog keeps sniffing the air - he's got an empty head but he's alright. We've got time to spare, time to get where, we don't know, and who cares?

And the days go fast and the nights go faster
Lord, where do we go from here?
Lord, where do you want me to be? (© Robin Mann 1972)

Some questions keep on coming, and this is one of them.
The pandemic has put a hold on so much, and while Australia is in a better position than many, uncertainty remains.

Two weeks ago I  finished a song 'In the year that's coming'. It ends with:

May your love shine through us,
every day renew us,
keep on coming to us, 
stay with us
in the coming year.