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Bullies

One minute to midnight On The Nuclear Threat Clock The world suddenly started To reel with shock. Nineteen hundred and sixty two, Khrushchev shared, Fidel Castro dared, John F Kennedy declared, And the world trembled As two fleets assembled On the Atlantic Ocean Bound to converge. With bated breath we waited For a winner to emerge As the world’s two bullies Played potentially lethal games Seemingly a bit more serious than Sabre rattling and calling names. They strode the world, Fought the odd proxy war But this time it seemed Just a little more. And then all of a sudden One backed down One fleet sailed for home As the other turned round. The victor crowed as The vanquished lost face And they started off again With their power race. The school yard trembled And then settled down As each continued with Another propaganda round. The schoolyard bullies Put their toys away But readily available for The next time they played. On The Nuclear Threat Clock They moved the hands back Until the next time the world Again feared a nuclear attack.

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Date: 12/18/2022 1:52:00 PM
Awesome write. I was a freshman in high school living in northwest Indiana…heavily industrialized and according to most government sources a prime target area. It was tense. John
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Terry Ireland
Date: 12/19/2022 7:44:00 AM
Thanks John. As you say, a tense situation. I was a teenaged soldier in West Berlin at the time. Terry
Date: 12/9/2022 11:23:00 AM
I’m always confused by this episode in history, Terry. Confused that they let it go so far, yes. But mainly confused that I remember it clearly… but I was three years old at the time. Great poetic depiction. Terry
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Terry Ireland
Date: 12/9/2022 7:33:00 PM
It fascinates me because I was a small part of it. The whole Cuba situation reflects very badly on the US and its bullying ways. Reads like fiction rather than fact
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Terry Flood
Date: 12/9/2022 11:33:00 AM
That would seem sensible, Terry. But I remember my parents being worried sick and their relief when it was over. I’m sure there’s an explanation, but both my parents are gone and I’m the eldest sibling, so I’ll just have to remain confused.
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Terry Ireland
Date: 12/9/2022 11:28:00 AM
Maybe the fact that it dominated US/USSR relations for years afterwards. Thanks Terry
Date: 12/9/2022 9:46:00 AM
I remember this, Terry, and you’ve described it so well…
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Terry Ireland
Date: 12/9/2022 11:03:00 AM
Thanks ilene i was working with the US Army in Berlin during the crisis. Quite eerie
Date: 12/9/2022 3:13:00 AM
Risky business, if it wasn't so serous and scary, they would seem like schoolyard kids playing with weapons as toys. Great idea to depict this situation in this way, Terry.
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Terry Ireland
Date: 12/9/2022 11:04:00 AM
that's exactly how it seemed Wendy i was there