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Nuclear Thoughts

By Remy Benoit

Down History Lane to:

50 years since Operation Redwing.

Atomic Veterans History Project.

20 years since Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster.

From the Musuem of Broadcast Communications: The Day After.

I used to read this little story by Ray Bradbury to my classes each spring. We all need to read this story and think about the fire we play with. There Will Come Soft Rains.

The title comes from a poem by Sara Teasdale:

There Will Come Soft Rain

There will come soft rain and the smell of the ground,
And swallows circling with their shimmering sound;

And frogs in the pools singing at night,
And wild plum-trees in tremulous white;

Robins will wear their feathery fire
Whistling their whims on a low fence-wire;

And not one will know of the war, not one
Will care at last when it is done.

Not one would mind, neither bird nor tree
If mankind perished utterly;

And Spring herself, when she woke at dawn,
Would scarcely know that we were gone.

If you think back, weren't we told by our folks when we were little bits to never play with poisoned mushrooms?


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