Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Writing - Colonel Thomas Ferebee

Writing - Colonel Thomas Ferebee

Ferebee.

Thomas Ferebee.

Colonel Thomas Ferebee.

Colonel Thomas Ferebee, the name of the man, the soldier, the airman, who pressed a button.  He pressed a button and a bomb fell from a plane.

Colonel Thomas Ferebee was an airman, who pressed a button, and dropped a bomb from a plane.  He dropped a bomb that would later be known as the first atomic bomb.  The first atomic bomb on people.  The first atomic bomb from a plane, at the push of his button, on people.

Colonel Thomas Ferebee pushed a button and dropped a bomb, and a hundred and fifty thousand people, a hundred and fifty thousand people died in a flash so hot, and so fast, that it left shadows where they stood.  Colonel Thomas Ferebee, an airman, pressed a button and an atomic bomb fell down from a plane.

The bomb killed a hundred and fifty thousand people.  No one ever says, history does not remember, "Colonel Thomas Ferebee killed a hundred and fifty thousand people."

No one remeembers that Colonel Thomas Ferebee pushed a button.

They only remember the white hot flash.

And the silence thereafter.