Okabe's Frottage Sites
Okabe's pencil blurs rapidly over a surface
and an image appears on paper; every
stone leaves a unique imprint; just like
There's a row of stones to see; square blocks
from the old Ujina Station; platform stones
that survived the time
of the dark face of the light. And
there's a map to see
with many delta rivers shown in red; it's
covered too with concentric rings
to pinpoint the centre
of the target.
Okabe rubs in other places; the Post Office
Savings Bank and the Red Cross Hospital
on Hijiyama Hill
around the A-Bomb Dome.
Okabe seeks to know
if there is a future
for our past.