BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII.
SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER.
THIS IS NOT A DRILL.
That is the message that I would have received
this past Saturday
at just past 8 o’clock in the morning
if I had a phone,
which I don’t,
but even if I did have a phone
and received the alert
I would have ignored it
and continued to work in the garden.
No, THIS IS NOT A DRILL
this is not practice,
this is it…
this is the only life we get
so it’s best we don’t waste it,
even 38 minutes of it,
Maybe it was just an accident
or maybe Uncle Sam is just gauging our reaction
but either way, if a missile really were fired at Hawaii today,
it certainly wouldn’t be directed at the Hawaiians.
The North Koreans don’t have a problem with Hawaiians,
just like the Japanese didn’t have a problem with the Hawaiians.
It would be directed at Hawaii
because Oahu is basically one giant military base.
They view Hawaii as a military target
and if you look at a map of Oahu, you would see why.
Not that it makes it right, of course.
Violence only ever begets violence,
the Japanese certainly learned that lesson
the first time,
and the last time
nuclear weapons were used.
I think about the people of Hiroshima
and the people of Nagasaki
who were tending to their gardens
right up until their last breath.
If I die because of the jingoist nature
of the American government,
if the Koreans send a missile
to the middle of the Pacific ocean
and they miss Oahu
and hit Molokai,
I certainly hope that I am in the garden,
and I certainly hope that I don’t have any warning
because all that a fallout shelter would do,
all that ducking and covering would do,
is keep us following orders,
keep us falling in line,
keep us in fear
right up until our last breath.
THIS IS NOT A DRILL
this is it
so lets not waste one second of it
fearing the inevitable,