Ehsan Sehgal

Atomic Bomb Then And Now

Ehsan Sehgal is a Pakistani-Dutch poet and writer. He moved to the Netherlands in 1978 to avoid persecution during the General Zia era in Pakistan and has lived in the Netherlands since. Ehsan Sehgal began his literary career in 1967. His first publication was a novel, but his consequent books were…

When American triggered
Atomic bombs
On the cities of Japan,
Hiroshima and Nagasaki,
In a few moments
The temperature went up
To four thousand
Degrees, Celsius heat
Though the temperature was
For a few moments
But all the population of the city
Became dissolved and liquid
The garden suburb became burnt
The buildings went melted,
In the steam and
The smoke of bombs
People; who survived, wanted to die
It was then
In August nineteen forty-five

If now, such madness happens
By mad ones
What will be?
That I cannot even imagine
As the nuclear bombs have
More power that, exist today
To heat the twenty-five thousand
To forty thousand degrees Celsius
This madness will be only
For a few seconds
No one will be alive
In the mountains, rivers, and oceans
There will neither be breaking news
To show
Nor listeners and viewers
No capability to use the Veto
Mad ones will burst the blue planet,
Not God.