A beautiful song of hope.
“Black rain fell heavily, yellow flowers blossomed
even the smallest living thing can be strong
even the smallest, even the weakest light
can shine into the heart, even now, even now”
“Prayer of the Flowers” was written by Suzue, a Japanese Shinto Priestess. She said the song simply “flowed out of her” when she watched a video of the 9/11 massacre in New York. Suzue’s song stands for the resilience of hope and love in the face of hatred and devastation, like flowers found growing amongst the atomic bomb devastation of Hiroshima.
The atomic bomb-scorched earth had been supposed incapable of supporting plant life for 75 years. Finding plants growing gave hope and strength to the city residents as they poured their utmost efforts into rebuilding the city.
The Acacia Appreciation Society of Hiroshima give ribbons every year to the Australian Botanical Gardens, to celebrate the blossoming of the Wattle after the atomic bomb had destroyed the city. The wattle is Australia’s national flower.
The lyrics for Pray of the Flowers: