Mr. President,

Visit Hiroshima.

It is a beautiful, bustling city.

It will change your view of the world.

You will realize viscerally what nuclear weapons do to people.

John Kerry called it “gut-wrenching.”

It is that and more.

It is a city of warning and Hope.

It teaches lessons that can’t be learned in a classroom.

Civilization is at risk. Humanity is at risk.

All we love and treasure is at risk.

Nuclear weapons must be abolished before they abolish us.

Visit Hiroshima with Peace in your heart.

The people of Hiroshima have already forgiven us.

Visit Hiroshima with determination to end the nuclear weapons era.

Be bold. Take action. Realize your dreams.

This is your chance. Seize it. Yes, you can.

Visit Hiroshima with Hope in your heart.

Let your Hope meet that of Hiroshima.

Open the eyes of the world.

Be the leader we have been waiting for.

Reveal your plan for Nuclear Zero.

Take the first step.

Visit Hiroshima.

David Krieger
Born in Los Angeles in March 1942. Earned a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Hawaii and a J.D. from the Santa Barbara College of Law. Founded the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation (www.wagingnpeace.org) and has served as its president since 1982. Has lectured throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia on issues of peace, security, international law, and the abolition of nuclear weapons. Has also written extensively on nuclear dangers to humanity. Wake Up! is his latest poetry book, published in January 2015, in which he continues on his path of writing piercing and thought-provoking peace poetry. Serves as a councilor on the World Future Council and an advisor to many groups working for peace in the Nuclear Age. Resident of Santa Barbara, California.