Weekly Photo Challenge: One Love

Pearl Harbor Memorial

Pearl Harbor is meant to make us uncomfortable. When the rule is ‘be somber,’ can we still smile in photographs, or pose beside implements of battle?

So I focus on the water, watching algae hug the stacks of the entombed USS Arizona.  Pink dancers – the delicate bob and bow of a thousand frangipani petals – cover the tragic scene in something beautiful. They fall from the hands of an elderly Japanese couple, wrinkled fingers carefully releasing each one.

For just a second, history is forgotten. Life drifts above death, and I think to myself, One Love is the only memorial we should make.

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