This poem is published in the National Poetry Day 2019 Anothology on the theme of truth. 

This poem is published in the Tell Me the Truth About Life: A National Poetry Day 2019 Anthology

This poem is in  the National Poety Day 2019  Anthology on the theme of Truth. 

This is the kingdom of the Water Bear.

To enter here, you have to shrink

and slow down, down. A day

is one tick of the clock, one blink


After the fiftieth insult - 

the school bag down the toilet, the stifled

giggle-whisper that hung like a smear on the air - 


she suddenly saw

                         First, months

of flash, thud, shudder,


then the wailing...


that's half a young cat's life


                   ...not white like the snow


more moon-panther or silvery cloud-cat

with her ripple-patterns melting as (oh,


but she's beautiful) you stare

Now we're up on the edge

and over, on the mountain

with mountains beyond. Behind us,

            in the dark

of the valley, villages are embers

There is a place (believe me,

            she said) where if, if

                          you go beyond

the street lights, to the lane's end,

Right now,

in a bunker

somewhere in the world,

there are man-made nuclear weapons with

enough destructive power to decimate