“Wherefore Art Thou Romeo?”

Castle Romeo Nuclear Test, 1954 Public Domain

The children looked up at teacher,
Preparing for lesson of day;
Silent eyes, the blackboard preacher,
Juliet did have her say

Read so now, “this and that page”,
Begin the passage anew;
A warning outside, the Oppenheimer gauge,
A strange, unholier brew

Lights, fire, some newborn sun,
Brighter than highest sky;
A flash of siren, no time to run,
Upon those pages, two lovers did die

“Wherefore art thou Romeo?”
Words so sang to air;
Atomized paper, a play’s last echo,
Is there anyone left…

… anywhere?

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