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Mother of All Fucking Bombs

A poem of séamas carraher

Witness now the price

of this cowardly new world

we live in:

36 lives and the biggest fucking

bomb in the world.

But what’s the price of a single life?

There’s no price for a single life

 (you’re-not-worth-a-fuck, she said).

 

See this man rising up from his prayers

like a mushroom cloud

rising in the sky

the sky in flames

and “tremors on the ground“,

Thursday, 13th April,  at 7:32 p.m. local time.

 

This must be the price.

Despite 7 and a half billion people

hanging on

the edge of a map,

on the hard face of a rock

under a shrinking sun,

this “boat in a storm

this land where “the heavens are falling

this land where even the mountains weep

and the fields are forever filled

with poppies.

 

What’s the name then for a few million dead

in their careless wars,

in this endless-long march of the cruel

where the heavens burst open

where death rains like a disease

the earth feels like a boat in a storm

Mohammad Shahzadah says,

in a desert, in a fucking desert, of all places

…a man rising to his feet

like a mushroom cloud rising

In the sky

my ears are deaf

my windows broken,

the walls are cracked

somewhere, in eastern Afghanistan

third planet from the sun,

close to Moman village, in an area called Asadkhe

(“it gives us a lot of pleasure to kill them

the soldiers will say later),

another agony on holidays

this body made only for bullets.

 

What’s the name

for this brave new world we live in

where the children still herd cattle in the fields?

No name, no-name.

But the bomb, the-fucking-Bomb gets a name:

moab-the-celebrity

moab-the-bomb dropping-out-of-the-sky

moab-the-walls-shake

moab the children naked where there is nowhere left to hide

moab – mother-fucking O, my absolute-bewilderment!

moab – monstrous and official O, this awe-inspiring-bloodshed!

moab, like Ahab’s whale, cursed.

moab – Massive. Ordnance. Air. Blast. Bomb.

moab – lights the air on fire.

Abominable.

Obscene.

Blasphemy.

Cursed again and again.

 

What’s the price of this cruel new world we live in?

90 lives now and the biggest bomb ever.

What’s the price, over and over,

314 million dollars and a million lives wasted.

What’s the name of all those lost?

No name,

only name now this media star

mother of all bombs

the GBU-43/B,

$170,000-a-go,

one more American citizen in a world

where borders only matter

for those trapped in their flight

those seeking refuge

from the bomb,

His Excellency, The Bomb

 

GBU-43 Massive Ordnance Air Blast,

MOAB, my God,

most powerful weapon in existence

30 feet long,

9,800kg (21,000 pounds) heavy

8,164kg of explosive

equivalent to 11 US tons of TNT

guided to its target by GPS

slowed by parachute

blast radius a mile wide

sending a lethal shock wave more than a mile and a half away

dropped from the arse of an MC-130 special operations transport

explodes before hitting the ground

destroys everything, everything, do you hear me?

Can anyone fucking hear me?

 

What a world

there in the mountains

while here in my small house

at the sharp edge of the sky

in my house close to the birdsong

with their small wings forever in flight

in this country of the heart

where everything

is broken and, there too,

in the mountains, where

Mohammad Shahzadah is still rising

(like a mushroom cloud)

rising from his prayers.

 

séamas carraher

14 april – 26 april 2017

 

Image:

The guided bomb unit-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb prototype is shown moments before impact. The detonation created a mushroom cloud that could be seen 20 miles away.

Date     Taken on 11 March 2003

By U.S. Air Force [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3AMOABtest.jpg

 

References:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/14/it-felt-like-the-heavens-were-falling-afghans-reel-from-moabs-impact

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/14/it-felt-like-the-heavens-were-falling-afghans-reel-from-moabs-impact

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/14/afghanistan-bomb-trump-finds-keys-family-gun-cabinet

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39607213

 

Video:

MOAB – Mother of All Bombs GBU-43/B (tested 2003)

Afghans React To ‘Horrific Bomb’ In Nangarhar Province https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZlDct1EYRM

US CENTCOM releases video of MOAB attack against ISIS in Afghanistan https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-Q-CMXLSvk

 

 

 

 

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