Cold War I

During the Cuban Missile Crisis

a girl ran home at recess in tears.

Adults were talking to children

about the very real possibility

of everyone being burned alive.

We took this all in our stride.

because we’d seen the great Kaiju

monster movies at the Capitol.

We knew just what would happen,

the way crowds would flee

looking over their shoulders,

as they ran toward the camera

the way the wind from Mothra’s wings

would knock down bridges and buildings

the way Godzilla advanced unstoppable

through the smoke of burning cities

(himself the result of a nuclear disaster)

and the way the whole world was fragile,

crafted so meticulously and delicately

of rice paper, string and cardboard.

We guessed the Japanese probably

knew what they were talking about.

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