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  Shadow Towers of Choice
by Odin Roark
Monday, July 06, 2015
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With so much at stake worldwide, can we afford to only look ahead? (Image by Bekisinski)

Shadow Towers of Choice
by Odin Roark

When time looks back through the ancient fog of remembrance,
how familiar the thrust of the caveman's spear,
the resonance of primal wails,
the echoes buried deep,
begging we not abandon the memory of mind.


Modern man struts proudly with forgetfulness,
thrusting its chest forward,
wearing arrogance as a medal of honor,
unaware history may be ignored,
but impossible to abandon.

The winds of time
often repeat their message,
seen by some as hurricanes,
even the lowly dust storm,
an unfortunate few knowing the fire-storm of Nagasaki.


We who might never again appreciate yesterday's language
carved on rocks,
parchment paper,
video screens and
holograms of now,
may be forced someday to face
the burned imprints of nuclear madness,
and then...

A twisted world’s progress might choose to forget,
but time knows we are but today’s modern cavemen,
sleepwalking in hubristic lockstep,
flirting with a chosen fate
along the edge of an abyss.

Few will remember...

History is patient.
Time never sleeps.

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Reviewed by Ronald Hull
The United States and Russia alone hold the nuclear power for obliteration. Other nuclear threats are minuscule compared with all of the nuclear power plants that continually create deadly nuclear waste and could, very easily, do far more damage than limited nuclear war.

Poets can always draw on the past to look to the future. Interpret the alternatives, and hopefully, steer us on the right path through the land mines ahead.

Reviewed by Jansen Estrup
I remember, in the mop-up after TET, how we paraded past a large, silent crowd of Vietnamese, how shocked I was at the hatred I saw in their eyes. We were there to save them, weren't we? Or had we just destroyed those who already had? Which vision, which version do we glimpse from moment to moment. Which language, what nuance ... none will remember. History is patient ... and seldom judgmental.
Reviewed by John Domino
I have been to Hiroshima. I was surprised when a Japanese couple did not show hatred for Americans. I fact, I went to a singing bar and found Japanese people imitating American singers. One Japanese well dressed businessman man smiled at me when I asked him who caused the bombing of Hiroshima. He answered quickly, "It was our Emperor! He lied to us!"

In the case of Iran, the people are NOT stupid. I have talked to Iranian people while on vacation. They all say the same thing, "We love Americans and we hate our government for what it is doing." In most countries the people do not have a voice. We can only pray that America remains the same. For it stands as a symbol of Freedom for the oppressed regardless of it's nuclear capability. God help us if our nation turns to tyranny and tells it's people, especially it's Christian population to hush up and follow the new satanic values. Amen
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