Something Extraordinary Is About To Happen To You
Napalm Bombing of Trang Bang, Vietnam War on June 8, 1972

In The Lobby Of The Hotel del Mayo

The girl in the lobby reading a leather-bound book.
The man in the lobby using a broom.
The boy in the lobby watering plants.
The desk clerk looking at his nails.
The woman in the lobby writing a letter.
The old man in the lobby sleeping in his chair.
The fan in the lobby revolving slowly overhead.
Another hot Sunday afternoon.
Suddenly, the girl lays her finger between the pages of her
book.
The man leans on his broom and looks.
The boy stops in his tracks.
The desk clerk raises his eyes and stares.
The woman quits writing.
The old man stirs and wakes up.
What is it?
Someone is running up from the harbor.
Someone who has the sun behind him.
Someone who is bare-chested.
Waving his arms.
It's clear something terrible has happened.
The man is running straight for the hotel.
His lips are working themselves into a scream.
Everyone in the lobby will recall their terror.
Everyone will remember this moment for the rest of their
lives.

Raymond Carver (May 25, 1938 – August 2, 1988)


Note One: When the photograph above was seen on the Evening News and on the cover of Time Magazine, the course of the war in Viet Nam was diversely altered, not by military might but by the power of Public outrage.

Photo Credit: Phan Thị Kim Phúc, by Nic Ut, 1972.


Something Extraordinary Is About To Happen To You
Hiroshima, Japan, August 06, 1945

Note Two: On August 06, 1945, seventy two years ago today, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, that instantly killed an estimated 66,000 people in the first use of a nuclear weapon in warfare.

Photo Credit: Hiroshima, Japan, August 06, 1945, Public Domain.


Something Extraordinary Is About To Happen To You is a new feature of this website depicting man’s inhumanity to his fellow man in pictures and words. After all, wisdom is timelessly truthful but serves no purpose if not remembered.