Hiroshima!  Nagasaki!
The bomb explodes inside the mind,
Imprinting the horror within
Each living and unborn psyche.

In a guilty attempt to prove
That our tampering with nature
(To unleash her awesome power)
Has some kind of valid purpose,
The atomic bomb is transformed
Into peaceful energy use.
But dangerous waste products sit
On top of and under the ground;
Fouling the earth, air, and water,
Until priest scientists can solve
The puzzle mother church presents.

Praise be to god in earth orbit,
Let us be the first to flag the moon.
The transistor radio starts
Our harried race beyond Living.

The love of the car soon defines
Our collective meaning of life,
And we consume more, attempting
To acquire the gifts of heaven.

Continue to part III