How We Stopped THE Bomb

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Is it premature?
to say, “It’s safe”,
to talk about THE bomb
as if it were useless;
all war being licked –
like an old wound –
scars scarcely visible,
the threat of infection removed?

Did I miss something?
in physics
that unlocked the way
to stop reactions,
(chain and knee jerk),
a way to dampen them,
or wipe them out, baking soda
may do the trick, perhaps.

Or have we just “moved on”?
retired the old rhetoric,
refocused our defenses
on BIGGER things,
using new forms of weapons
more select in their targets,
collateral damage minimized
to things that don’t profit,
like illness, religion, and crime?

I know you’re wondering
(now), about healthcare,
and guns, about tolerance
and “justice” – asking yourself,
was that sarcasm? Or fact?
You’ll have to decide –
for yourself –
and everyone else.

Until then, I’ll keep on asking
the question you don’t want to hear:
Is it premature?
to say, “It’s safe”,
to talk about THE bomb
as if it were useless;
all war being licked –
the threat of infection removed?

©KMcGee 2016

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2 thoughts on “How We Stopped THE Bomb

  1. patchouli moonflower

    Ooh, this is very good. I especially like the repeated section. In saying it again, you twist every line to draw out an alternative meaning.

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