Centaur in Moscow with Missile (Draft 2)

Sometimes diabolical
desperation breeds a need for
science beyond curiosity, a
stunning terror for a leader to grasp
who sees winning as fiendish beauty

In science there can be elegance in
theory before application.

Behold the beauty and he says,
Come ye all to praise Science,
to embrace the vacuum bomb, and
the hypersonic missile of Putnik

Beauty is in the eye of the lover
delusion is in the ear of the hater.

See then of spectacles and of specks:

a gang leader perceives disrespect
like a small particle of pathology;
an autocrat perceives an insult
like a threat to empire.

It is dire to
dis’ a tyrant in a country without brioche
as megalomania is bred a first disease
before bread and butter toast uttermost,
before honey, udder milk, and cheese, because
before truth there is propaganda
(let them eat blue cheese)

Yet ask,
is there a prayer for political science…

Pray tell:
of those bellicose leaders
the porcine ones would
commandeer science for minions
to see and conquer prey
like wolves on deer

In science there can be elegance in
theory before application, like
the je ne sais quoi particle that the
“Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire”
(CERN) produced for scientists, even Russians —

i.e. n.b. (nota bene) disCERN:
poor Dmitri of Mosow University
discoverer of the Piggs Boson,
trying to milk the subject of particles,
was expelled from CERN when
the Higgs Boson instead was declared
less bellicose in a toast to peace

Come ye all to
praise the art of war

Screams, squeals, and barks
are heard in Mosow, and
the son of a sow will soon
be bacon unless he magically
gains horse sense with
a radioactive Centaur elixir
to transform him, and he

unlike Catherine the Great
is successful in
the battle to safely
have sex with a horse.

2 thoughts on “Centaur in Moscow with Missile (Draft 2)

  1. Another thought provoking and heart wrenching work Doug. A stellar use of imagery.

    As a child during the Vietnam war nestled safely in the bosom of Canada, words -strong, ugly, and deprecating the action of soldiers and Vietnamese civilians alike – confused and frightened because then we were cradled and kept safe from the truth of human tyranny and indignity. TV and newspapers and heated discussions exposed us the real world. The mother dragon at the centre of the worst atrocities has always been a progression of scientific enginuity … mustard gas, bombs, napalm, missiles, and nuclear warheads etc. For all the good science does us, it depends on whose mouth and hands command it. A most sobering thought.



    1. Oops sorry. I got my boxes mixed up. I had a long comment here which I erased and then pasted the other comment here. But anyway, thanks. I’ve always wondered what would have happened if I didn’t get a bunch of college deferments. It was quite a panic year. I took a bunch of very difficult courses my first year, and I was totally unprepared to be on my own without friends. I had calculus, physics, chemistry, speech, English, Western Civilization(? — don’t remember). I flunked everything and got thrown out at the end of my first year. My mother said I had to take college courses at an another school over the summer. They had a deal that if I got good marks I could go there in the Fall. I took Psychology, Sociology and something else which I thought might be easy. I think I got two A’s and two B’s. So I went to that college… and then another… until there was a lottery birthday drawing for the draft which I entered after dropping out of college again. So my birthday wasn’t chosen. Day by day they announced, everyone with this birthday come down to the draft board. It came close.


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