At the dawn of our nuclear age
nuclear power was all the rage.
“Atoms for Peace” was the catchy phrase
ushering in those brave new days
of unlimited power, it was claimed
safer too than what remained
of nuclear weapons used in war.
Safer than what had come before:
to prove their point they made a trowel
(as if they were a foolish owl)
acting wise in their cranium
a trowel made of uranium.
A symbolic gesture meant to soothe
the fears of those it sought to prove
there would be no nuclear spike
if it’s held by President Ike.
Smarter minds at last prevailedthe uranium trowel was not unveiled.