Another Poem …

24 August, 2004 Ken Poetry & Prose

What do we tell them?

How do we explain to our children
That we lived in world that almost died
Our own parents hid under their schooldesks
But we knew better
And didn’t even bother

Maybe it was denial
Just a movie script
A lot of cold threats
Or something we couldn’t do anything about
Let the grownups push the button or not

But their hero Kennedy already did
Signed humanity’s death warrant
Cancelled days later by the old men in the Houses
Because Castro let his red birds leave
And the clock was set back to before midnight again

Today there is no wall in Berlin
No curtain between us and them
An electrician from Poland fixed that
And it’s just a movie script
Or pages to memorize for the next pop quiz


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