Enola Gay – seventy years on
Fashioned in the United States.
Pilot Tibbets names you for his mother.
Gargantuan silver bullet torso
Beautiful and sleek
Archaeopteryx of the atomic age
Now a fossil in Washington’s Smithsonian Museum
A sinister glint, curious against an uncluttered, blue Pacific sky
Your burnished aluminium coat conceals
The condensed potion that will
Vaporise the corporeal by the thousands; douse the wretched remnants
in black, radioactive rain
8.15 am you deliver Little Boy; Hiroshima, your nest
A culinary nightmare heralded by a dazzling, soundless flash;
a brain searing boom;
an inferno heated to a hellish sixty million degrees
challenging Dante at his grisly height;
the signature dish; a mushroom cloud.
It will be served up for generations
A recurring nightmare
To keep us all in check.
© Copyright Berni Dwan 2015
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