Wake Up!

Friday, 20 December 2013 10:08 By David Krieger, Truthout | Poem
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The alarm is sounding.
Can you hear it?

Can you hear the bells
of Nagasaki
ringing out for peace?

Can you feel the heartbeat
of Hiroshima
pulsing out for life?

The survivors of Hiroshima
and Nagasaki
are growing older. 

Their message is clear:
Never again! 

Wake up!
Now, before the feathered arrow
is placed into the bow.

Now, before the string
of the bow is pulled taut,
the arrow poised for flight.

Now, before the arrow is let loose,
before it flies across oceans
and continents.

Now, before we are engulfed in flames,
while there is still time, while we still can,
Wake up!

                          David Krieger
                          November 2013

This article is a Truthout original.

David Krieger

David Krieger is president of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, a consultant to the Republic of the Marshall Islands. Readers can find more information on the Nuclear Zero lawsuits by the Marshall Islands and can support them at

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