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THE GUILDED BOMB

we are quietly
gilding a bomb
watching the flip
of the dragon's
tail
the clicking sound
of the Geiger
the hissing
of snakes
the shrill
whistle
of that baby
dropping
we're packing
a kiss
for tomorrow
a picture of
Rita Hayworth,
sailing down
to ground zero

beneath the heel of Saint George
the scaly body of sin
is this the dragon you knew?
did you slip, did you let it in

listen, Louis Slotin did you tickle,
did you tickle that dragon's tail?
Lucky Dragon, bravo, Lucky Dragon
there were nine to set sail
eight surviving the sickness came home
the shifting wind was the cause
an act of war now resembles
an act of god