Some ghosts never leave…


You have poisoned your oceans and polluted your minds

you have feasted on blood and gore, 

made diabolical machines from monstrous dreams, 

and turned your brother to war


With one push of a button

you’ll be permanently shut-in, 

a radioactive room for a tomb 


And yet you laugh, 

while the atom bomb recedes

But never disappears

locked inside yourself

insulated from your fears

from the ghosts



The laughing…is over

the magical mystery tour is winding down

the soft parade is nothing but a whisper

and Hiroshima’s and Nagasaki’s ghosts

have come to take their place among the living . . . 



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