Two Gods
    Allissa Leigh
Two men flew over Hiroshima,
hailed on return by General Spaatz.
Back home, one entered a monastery.
The other embarked on a life of crime
(leaving the money behind on the counter).
His sentence was reduced by the criminal courts
when experts explained his need for punishment.
God of pity, god of wrath.

Allissa Leigh studied history, languages and literature in London, St Petersburg and Houston. She worked for the BBC World Service and as a translator from Russian, Polish, German and Dutch and now works for the Institute of War Documentation in Amsterdam. She has published poetry and translations in POETRY, Verse, Antioch Review, Pleiades, Iowa Review, Modern Poetry in Translation and Jewish Quarterly. She received a Ruth Lilly fellowship and the Bess Hokin Prize from Poetry.



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