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Death of a Conqueror (1907-1979)*

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Death of a Conqueror (1907-1979)*


Did we murder John Wayne with our nuclear dust?
The “Duke” was invincible when
He won World War II in the films we all knew,
A surrogate father back then.

Did we murder John Wayne?  Was it all the bad scripts?
Or cancer, from taxes we paid?
Did he lack the true grit to survive from a bit
Of fallout our precious bombs made?

Did we murder John Wayne?  Officials say no,
Those nuclear tests were risk free.
Like John, to us youth, bureaucrats tell the truth
In this nuclear land of the Free.


*The incidence of cancer in the cast of The Conqueror (1956)
Filmed in Utah is 65% above the national average.

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  1. Date: 2/15/2010 11:44:00 AM

    Thank you for sharing your poetry with us today Steve. I enjoyed reading it. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 2/15/2010 8:39:00 AM

    Wow...this is something that many of us have not heard. But yes...how many of these cover-ups are there? So many we may not know as yet. Interesting poem, Steve.

  1. Date: 2/14/2010 4:25:00 PM

    Wow! In the land of the free, we live in ignorance of things that can kill us. 65% above the natl. average??? Incredible. Thanks for sharing this Steve. Always a pleasure to read your writes. Peace, Audrey