I am a nuclear veteran (Operation Redwing, Marshall Islands, 1956) and a member of Veterans for Peace. For most of my life, I have been working for peace, and an end to the use of nuclear anything.
I Have Seen the Dragon
I have seen the Dragon
Through clenched lids and arms pressed tight.
I have felt its hot breath on my back
And listened to the rumble of its voice.
I have looked upon its breath,
Glowing Amethyst, red and purple,
Climbing towards the stratosphere
To deposit its venom downwind.
I have waited in fear as my gums began to bleed
And my hair came out in clumps.
I breathed a prayer of thanks
As I began to heal.
After fifty years, our ranks are thin,
We who have seen the Dragon and survived.
Those who have died or are sickened still,
Their numbers are legion.
All we can hope for, work for, pray for,
Is that no madman will ever be allowed
To unleash the Dragon again.
For its legacy to all is death, disease and decay.
2 November 2006
Sixty-one years since Redwing and we seem to be closer to mutual annihilation than we were then. Now, we have other worries as well. Chernobyl, Fukushima, and hundreds of worn out nuclear reactors that, for the most part, have received permission to operate another ten years, often with permission to increase their power by 25%.
- That may prove fatal, but as long as the profits continue to roll in, there is no care for the planet or its population. For the Oilagarchy, greed runneth all, sad to say.