Sentimental Journey

(Bombing on 5, 6, 9, and 12 August)

Gonna take a sentimental journey
Gonna set my heart at ease
Gonna make a sentimental journey
Terrorise those Lebanese ((5 August 2020, eastern Beirut with its harbour was demolished; most probably by missiles from an unfriendly neighbour. The cause was declared officially due to an accident involving large stores of ammonium nitrate (a fertilizer).))

Got my bombs, got my destination
Sending all the kilotons I can afford
Like a rapist in wild anticipation
Long to hear those screams galore.

August, that’s the time we bomb, in August
I’ll be waiting up and watching
Counting every blast from that attack
To Tianjin ((On 12 August 2015, there was a harbour explosion in Tianjin, PRC, also allegedly caused by ammonium nitrate, with atomic characteristics.)), or Hiroshima ((6 August was the 75th anniversary of the US terror bombing of Hiroshima, Japan, using an atomic bomb, and today, August 9 is the 75th anniversary of the US terror bombing of Nagasaki. This opened the so-called “atomic age” of NATO (US) nuclear blackmail and the discrete bombing of non-whites with great effect through the Anglo-American and Israeli regimes. Their rulers are all known for their sentimentality.)), it takes me back.

Never thought the world could be so helpless
Can do nothin’ to stop my bombs
Gotta take those sentimental journeys
Atomic war, against others’ homes.

Sentimental journey …

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Dr T.P. Wilkinson writes, teaches History and English, directs theatre and coaches cricket between the cradles of Heine and Saramago. He is also the author of Church Clothes, Land, Mission and the End of Apartheid in South Africa. Read other articles by T.P..