Missile Silo, Missile Silo

Missile silo, missile solo:
a one-shot defense
mechanism heavy
with its own obsolescence.
Lone missile in a single silo:
You could have been
a sling-shot hero,
only now you’re just yesterday’s
surplus subsidy,
buried deep and almost forgot
in Goliath’s stone-cold
Self-storage locker.
“Intercontinental potential!”–
but for all that you’ve never gone
anywhere, thankfully,
after your parts
were assembled and delivered
to be entombed,
Missile silo, missile solo.

Todd Smith lives, writes, and observes the Brave New World Order in St. Louis. He can be reached at bartlebydick@yahoo.com. Read other articles by Todd.