Vietnam Full Disclosure



To Anyone Who Cares:

As a veteran and as a human being I weep for the future.  We are planning to spend 2 trillion dollars replacing all of our nuclear weapons and their support systems.  We are planning to spend 1.5 trillion dollars on the failed F-35 fighter jet.  We have a President who doesn’t care about the future of the children of our or any country.  The myth of America was never real for a lot of people but it at least presented a hopeful goal to work toward…democracy, equality and peace for all the people of the world.  The plans to spend our wealth on weapons of mass destruction instead of a bountiful society shows our true and evil priorities.

Larry Kirschner.

“Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war than we know about peace, more about killing than we know about living. We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the Sermon on the Mount.”

― Omar N. Bradley


There is but one step from the grotesque to the horrible.                             –Arthur Conan Doyle


Grotesque Arms 


use of nuclear weapons will always have 

grotesque catastrophic consequences


(malformed, deformed, misshapen, 

misproportioned, distorted, twisted, gnarled)


hubris, fear, hatred and ugly ignorance 

plant radioactive seeds for all human time


a super-heated tan-colored wind sweeps

all possibility of love or compassion aside


bones of the corpses disappear in

a flash of bright light and time


the dead won’t hear the following 

loud stillness that comes briefly and goes


even the smell of skin dripping from

a face is enveloped in the stillness


unawakened children make no cry

sleeping breath sucked into the combustion


there remains no place for Sadako’s 

cranes to land after history is gone



Ending Stories


there are origin stories

there are ending stories


of how much easier it is 

to take life than to create it


prometheus damned us 

with his stolen fire


is there music for ghosts 

to listen to after dying


post apocalypse the children learn to 

play scissors, paper, rock without hands


the rattlesnake asks “what did you expect”

I gave you plenty of warning





in Japanese


explosion-affected people

sounds so simple


radiation burns froze their

skin in keloid poses


but it is our hearts that

need to be thawed

because we are not

explosion-affected people



little boy little girl


in defiance of current


theories of the physical universe


on August 6, 1945


ten thousand paper peace cranes


flew out of a black hole


in the sky






overcoming Death,


the destroyer of the worlds


                                       — for Sadako Sasaki

(Little Boy was the name of the bomb dropped on Hiroshima.  Sadako Sasaki was a two year old girl living in Hiroshima when the bomb was dropped. Ten years later she developed leukemia.  She heard of a Japanese folk tale that if you folded 1,000 origami paper cranes the gods would grant your wish. She died before she finished but she inspired a peace movement in Japan that continues.  The black hole reference is a play on modern black hole theory and the statement made by the pilot of the plane dropping the bomb. He said that the explosion drew up so much dirt that there appeared to be a black hole in the sky.  Dr. Robert Oppenheimer, called ‘the father 


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