Commentary and Philosophy Poetry posted January 7, 2022


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A free verse poem on missile attack.

On the verge.

by Seshadri_Sreenivasan

Who has launched a nuclear missile?
China or North Korea or Iran?
The missile is coming; the missile is coming
Hypersonic Warhead is coming

ICBM launched is aimed at the United States
the warhead descends at high speeds 
back through the earth’s atmosphere 
toward the ground.
the missile will perforate, 
penetrate 
ricochet

Accurate impact will damage 
targeted military assets, 
buildings, planes, ships.
destroying entire cities.

Could we prevent it from arriving?

Will US homeland interceptor missiles collide
and destroy incoming missiles?

Is United States’ missile defence system 
as reliable as people might think?

Can the forces of the highest nature
 win for the whole of humanity?

Is there a way to end the war?
Yes.

Replace the worn-out concepts of war
War should not be our nature.

bring back anti-war slogan of the 60s
“Make love, not war.”

Too late to think
Ground-penetrating missile has struck
Impact  too fast to see
with the naked eye, 
Total blackout.



Incoming writing prompt entry
Writing Prompt
A nuclear missile has just been launched. Who what when where why how? What happens next?


A free verse poem on missile attack.
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