Poetry by Jeff Green


Too Many

by cricketjeff on August 11, 2009.  © Jeff Green, All rights reserved

Most dreadful end to man’s most dreadful age
A quarter million people ceased to be
The innocent who paid for nations’ rage
Is that too high a price for liberty?

Who has the right to weigh these dreadful tolls
Who can decide which legions have to die
When men assume such vast inhuman roles
Is all that’s left to us the need to cry?

I cannot say if Truman’s act was right
How many would have died another way?
But since those bombs were built we’ve lived in night
Those mushroom clouds a blight on every day

Two planes, two crews, too many deaths to count
All war’s an evil we cannot surmount

Author notes

On the 6th and ninth of August 1945 USAAF bombers dropped the only nuclear bombs so far used in anger, and approximately 250,000 people died. The other side of the balance is that it brought an end to a war that had killed almost 50 million people.