May 1, 2017
Who gets to write the poetry,
that is, the first-hand account,
for what it’s worth, describing
the next nuclear holocaust?
I studied the ethical and strategic
dimensions of the last one at Army
War College. I confess it was neither
poetic nor convincing and perhaps
the world would be much better off
if soldiers and diplomats studied
peace more and war a whole lot less.
But back to the questions at hand.
How long does it take, post-delivery,
for the ashes, debris, and remains
to cool enough for the victor
to march in and measure it all,
to assess the damage accurately?
for the searing heat to dissipate,
for the bright flash of light
to soften to a gentle glow?