Another Perspective on the Nuclear Codes
Imagine looking down
from the space station
as the blue-green earth turns beneath
and the mushrooms bloom silently
along the Florida panhandle,
the ox head shape of France,
the teardrop of Africa;
bloom like gray mums along the Nev,
follow the Rhine (obliterate the Rhine),
rise silently from China’s belly;
spread like a dread fungus
and you watch through the portal
and you breathe the air bubble
that is all that’s left you.
We live in tumultuous times, and the poems entered in the Current Events category certainly reflect that. There were so many fine poems that judging was a delight. “Another Perspective on the Nuclear Codes” is a haunting imagining of the world’s end told in breathtaking language. I can’t imagine a more beautiful poem. Reading each line was like opening a gift.
Catherine McGuire is a writer and artist with a deep concern for our planet’s future. She has three decades of published poetry, four poetry chapbooks, and a full-length poetry book, Elegy for the 21st Century (FutureCycle Press). A deindustrial science fiction novel, Lifeline, was just released by Founders House Publishing. Find her at www.cathymcguire.com.