Innocence Lost

Innocence Lost

A Chapter by Debbie Barry

A poem about nuclear war.


Innocence Lost


November 29, 1988

Suns and moons and stars revolve
As man tries to his troubles solve.
Children play and laugh and grow
In a world of love and joy
With sun above and earth below.

Children cry and fall and die
As their elders cleanse the world
With bombs and missiles from the sky.
Suns and moons and stars go round
Marking the time of once-sacred ground.

Man in his wisdom and his might
Has found a means to cleanse his land
By force, without dirtying a single hand,
By ending all in holocaustal night.

© 2017 Debbie Barry

Author's Note

Debbie Barry
I wrote this when I was 19. Initial reactions appreciated.

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Added on November 9, 2017
Last Updated on November 9, 2017
Tags: poem, poetry, war, holocaust, nuclear war, end of the world

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Debbie Barry
Debbie Barry

Clarkston, MI

I live with my husband in southeastern Michigan with our two cats, Mister and Goblin. We enjoy exploring history through French and Indian War re-enactment and through medieval re-enactment in the So.. more..