To mark Margaret Tait’s centenary this weekend, Gerda Stevenson reads three poems by Tait.
Image: Shakespeare's Words by Meg, under a Creative Commons licence
Image: Morven Gregor
Thinking of myself as a phoenix,
cling on until now.
But how painful they have been,
those twenty-four years past.
Those words were written by Tsutomu Yamaguchi, often described as the luckiest – sometimes as the unluckiest – man of all time. He was the only person officially recognised as a survivor of both the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, both of which mark their 70th anniversary this week.