Thursday, October 15, 2009

Holy Sonnet XIV

My housemate received a postcard today from her friend in China. Orange dunes beneath a blue sky and a large white cloud suspended between the two.

-Where in China is that?

-Oh, that is an atom bomb.

-Why is there a bomb on your postcard?

-It is a Chinese bomb. For us it shows our defense.

I have never seen such a benign mushroom cloud.

Hydrogen bombs were detonated in 2005 in New Mexico in a test code-named 'Trinity' after John Donne's 'Sonnet XIV'.

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