monument: Trinity Site, located on the White Sands Missile Range in southwestern New Mexico, was dedicated as a National Historical Landmark, by the National Park Service, on October 4, 1975.
lava: "The last phase of the Paleogene Period, about 25 to 40 m.y. ago, was an earth-shaking time in New Mexico--and the first explosion of an atomic bomb in 1945 on the Jornada del Muerto...was a relatively low-energy-yield compared with the late Paleogene earth movements. Almost the entire southwestern quarter of the state literally exploded, with volcanic eruptions on a grand scale. (Kottlowski,1972)
salty tongue: "By the middle of Permian (Paleozoic) time...from Santa Fe south to White Sands and southeastward almost to Carlsbad, very shallow marine waters were alternately stifled by pale-red sandy mud or evaporated by the sun. The results were...thick deposits of rock salt which now is the site of WIPP." Ibid.
Dactylic: The Dactyls, "fingers," were priests of Cybele, founders of meter, magic formulae, etc. They are often confused with the Cabiri, dark, deformed sons of Hephaetus, who wore the pointed caps.
Lady of Ida," (a mountain in western Anatolia), her priests--long-haired,
wearing bells and playing flutes and tambourines--engaged in self-castration.
obelisk: "The close connection between the obelisk and the sun, implied by the Egyptian word tehen, is reflected in the common practice of erecting obelisks to honor the sun god, Ra. The obelisk can, in fact, be understood as the sign of solar religion." (Taylor,1987)
sun that rose: "John and I rang the door bell and an old man came out. He looked quizzically at us (John and I were wearing white coveralls with gas masks hanging from our necks). Then he laughed and said, 'You boys must have been up to something this morning. The sun came up in the west and went on down again.'" (Hirschfelder,1987)
pressurized: Boeing's B-29 Superfortress, the first intercontinental bomber, was "a sleek, polished-aluminum tube 99 feet long," with four 2,200 hp. engines allowing it to cruise at 3l,000 ft., the altitude from which the Atomic Bomb was released over Hiroshima.
alone: The Hiroshima Bomb was dropped from the Enola Gay, named after the mother of its pilot, Paul W. Tibbets, Jr. "Enola," spelled backwards, is "alonE." "Alone, without a model-- / It will be up to me / To imagine, out of the stones and debris / That are left, a new species--A tooth, / An udder / Full of milk." (C. Simic. From, "The Animals.")
stones weep: "In the uniquely high temperature produced by the atom bomb (stones) had begun to 'weep' or to 'bleed'. (Jungk.1961)
bridge: The "aiming point" at Hiroshima was a bridge over the Ota River; a Buddhist temple was nearby.
crane: Sadako Sasaki was two years old at the time the Bomb
was dropped on Hiroshima. She died at age 12 from radiation-related
leukemia. There's an old Japanese belief that a crane lives for a
thousand years; thus, folding a thousand paper cranes will cure one's
illness. When Sadako was confined to hospital she took to folding
cranes. Legend has it that she was 36 short of one thousand when
she died. In 1958, the Children's Atomic Bomb Monument, in Hiroshima,
was dedicated to the memory of Sadako Sasaki, representing all the
children who had died, and were still dying, from the Atomic Bomb.