Jon D. Lee [The country you were born in]

The country you were born in

stopped the last great worldwide war

with two bombs that killed more

or less a hundred thousand people each


a loss we justified

by saying it prevented further loss—


maybe it did


it wasn’t like

the couple hundred thousand died at once—

only half did—

the rest took a year or so


& now their children’s children

& maybe their children too

who would be

just as old as you—

are gone


this is laughable

of course—

they never even lived to be gone


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