Every so often, a story published on the front page of the New York Times is so well written, meaningful, and appropriate to the Bulletin’s concerns that small snippets of it, properly chosen and arranged, produce something more than journalism, something that approaches … poetry. That blessed coincidence occurred August 1, 2022.
We suspect it’ll occur again.
RUSSIANS USING A NUCLEAR PLANT AS THEIR SHIELD
(from the original by Andrew E. Kramer)
In Russia’s war,
a nuclear fortress,
a gigantic nuclear power
firing from cover,
On the line—
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Keywords: Russia, The A1 Verse, Ukraine, Zaporizhzhia, nuclear shield, poetry
Topics: Nuclear Risk, Special Topics
Our planet has become small, with the weight of humanity pressing it down. The opportunity waits before us to take the step up, out of the muck and mud we create by trampling everything in sight. Or we can succumb, and sink down until it covers our noses. It’s even money at best as it now stands.
You give it even money. You are an optimist. I figure 80/20 towards destruction.