mushroom cloud

it may not be intended

(although sometimes it is)

but I have seen it over and over

witness to cruelty

and the ripples outward

like images of the atomic bomb

and the effected civilians at Nagasaki

striking hardest, those closest,

but even those surrounding,



take on the radiation

afraid then that they will be subjected

at a future later date

so, they close off

escaping into the bomb shelter

protection from possible attacks

they withdraw

take cover



it takes courage to remain


pillow down for heads to lay

unable to inflict pain

despite even air raid exposure

it takes bravery to love the warriors

those who wish you harm

knowing if they strike

and slice you open

the down that is you

will float feathers in the air

falling gently to the ground

never in harm

to another