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May 9, 2020 - 2 minute read - Comments - politics technology

Who Builds The H-Bomb? Not I!

  • “Who Builds The H-Bomb?”
  • Mark Levy, December ‘81

Who builds the H-bomb?
“Not I,” says the miner, “I work underground.
I really don’t see where the ore is all bound.”

Who builds the H-bomb?
“Not I,” says the foreman at the enrichment plant.
We build no bombs here. We don’t. We can’t.”

Who builds the H-bomb?
“Not I,” says the metallurgist inside his shop.
“We build the triggers, but that’s where we stop.”

Who builds the H-bomb?
“Not I,” says the worker on the assembly line.
I weld and I solder. The blame is not mine.”

Who builds the H-bomb?
“Not I,” says the sergeant in charge of maneuvers.
“They’re already made when we test them. Disprove us!”

Who builds the H-bomb?
“Not I,” says the bombardier. “Not up in the air.
My job is to fly and then drop them with care.”

Who builds the H-bomb?
“Not I,” says the taxpayer. “Don’t look at me!
I’ve no choice but to pay, now don’t you agree?”

Who builds the H-bomb?
“Not I,” says the senator. That you can quote!
I’m only elected because of your vote.”

Who builds the H-bomb?
“Not I,” says the banker, “and I cannot stop it.
So what is so wrong about making a profit?”

Who builds the H-bomb?
“Not I,” says the physicist, “I just do research.
Science is objective, and I belong to a church.”

Who builds the H-bomb?
“Not I,” says the preacher, “It’s all in God’s hands.
It’s one of those things only He understands.”

Who builds the H-bomb?
“Not I,” says the Almighty. “I gave you free will.
Destroy My Creation, yourselves you will kill!”

Who builds the H-bomb?
It must be someone, and I have a feeling it’s everyone.
All of us build it. Yes, all of us do.
Will you stop for me, if I stop for you?