I am Death
In my mind twisted I nurtured it
and in the smelting house of hell fashioned
and in darkness forged …
I one day resentful of humanity,
seeped in evil … unsheathed my sword
and struck …
glistening white light
bright flashing from my blade,
blinded gods in the far corners of the universe
yet blind would see it;
and the titans in great awe
crouched in fear.
My friends genuflexed
fearful that they have lost me and my enemies
were now dead even though living
they knew I had power immeasurable
and my wrath if stirred knew no mercy.
Unleashed my sword had the dream of alchemy
turning lead into gold and blasting sand into glass
your flesh will be vapour, your bones ground to dust.
Even in your death I curse you;
and in your seed I plant now
monstrosities deformed and suffering
to live with you and die entombed in your grave
through the future,
carved into you with my sword.
Blinded and bestial now
I have become death,
the shatterer of the worlds.
First Atomic test - July 16, 1945
One of the scientists, who invented the atomic bomb under the Manhattan Project J. Robert Oppenheimer, though ecstatic about the success of the project, quoted a fragment remembered from the Hindu religious text ‘Bhagavad Gita’. "I am become Death," he said, "the destroyer of worlds." Ken Bainbridge, the test director, told Oppenheimer, "Now we're all sons of bitches." The poem ‘I am death’ by Ferdinand Salvador is an imaginary verse that may have that day gone through Oppenheimer’s mind.
Published on writebuzz®: