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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
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,
in a bunker
somewhere in the world,
there are man-made nuclear weapons with
enough destructive power to decimate