slippers vs the atom

a cockroach can survive a nuclear strike
but not survive being struck with a newspaper
and if i were the ghost of that cockroach
that had been taken out by a newspaper
i’d feel embarrassed!

i’d sit at the closed gates of cockroach heaven
waiting until their lunch break was over
trying to invent some heroic excuse
a war story for why i had appeared there
to not feel embarrassed!

in the garbage meadows of cockroach heaven
there are no newspapers, nor any slippers
just peace and quiet, and amazing grace
sung by veterans of the bug nuclear blitz
and none are embarrassed!

by TETIANA ALEKSINA & TONY SINGLE
© All rights reserved 2022

19 thoughts on “slippers vs the atom

  1. You have given cockroaches a place on the celebrity carpet, although being splattered by the headlines really hurts their ego.
    I wonder if The Cockroach with his finger poised on the Nuclear Button really cares.
    Chocolate cake left out overnight is my ideal cockroach heaven, if I was a cockroach.

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