Nagasaki Flame

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Deep in the heart of the city
Behind all the schools and the roads
A green copper lantern, and a gate in the rain
Are keeping their watch over a voice in the cold

The voice is the heart of the people
The people whose prayers are the same
Ten thousand paper cranes hang weeping beside
A dove and the Nagasaki Flame

Here in the east capital city
I found a man with my grandfather’s core
Each served his country in a generation of hate
Making them enemies by the theories of war

His face shone with the comfort and the passion
Of a life lived kindly for years
But behind those dark eyes, in a place far beyond
Lies a deep, thick, inescapable fear

Who gets the power, and
Who gets the bomb
Who gets the chance to decide
Which people will live
Which people will die
And who really has God on his side

I’ll tend to my life, if you will live yours
When we meet, we’ll raise up a glass
But when war comes knocking, who’ll take the blame
And who’s going to tend to the Nagasaki Flame


from All the Stars You Hold, released August 15, 2016



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Travis Knapp Ithaca, New York

"Hopeful soul-lifting acoustic folk music rooted in pop, jazz, soul, and gospel - piano/banjo/guitar/vocals; from the fields, forests, ponds, and meadows of Ithaca, NY."

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