Thursday, 11 August 2011

Harold Norse (6/7/16 -8/6/09 ) - THE POEM MUST BE AS MODERN AS STRATEGIC ROCKET CARRIER


The poem must be as modern as strategic rocket carriers
equipped with nuclear warheads

Rockets can reach any point on the planet
atomic submarines can fire nuclear warheads
from any point in the ocean

ACTION! ACHTUNG! NEW WEAPONS! EN GARDE!

The poem must reach any point on the planet
with deadly accuracy

Words are weapons

A giant helicopter force of angry poems
releasing mushroom clouds of warning
will destroy anybody's serenity forever
from any point on the planet

An international peace force of disarming poems
will deflect anybody's deadly aim
and deconsruct death devices

The poem must be strategic life force carrier
equipped with antinuclear power
softening any heart pn the planet

TENDERNESS! PEACE! NEW LIFE! NEW LOVE!

Words are time bombs with lasting effects

From Peace or Perish
A Crisis Anthology
City Lights 1983

now while I'm here why oh why don't the powers that be
scrap trident. Save a bit of cash in these bleak economic times.

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