World War III: Icarus Allsorts

Below is one of the few poems I enjoyed studying at school.

I hope the poem helps launch you into an explosion of laughter.

Icarus Allsorts – Roger McGough
‘A meteorite is reported to have landed
in New England. No damage is said…’

A littlebit of heaven fell
From out the sky one day
It landed in the ocean
Not so very far away
The General at the radar screen
Rubbed his hands with glee
And grinning pressed the button
That started World War Three

From every corner of the earth
Bombs began to fly
There were even missile jams
No traffic lights in the sky
In the time it takes to blow your nose
The people fell, the mushrooms rose

‘House!’ cried the fatlady
As the bingohall moved to various parts
of the town

‘Raus!’ cried the German butcher
as his shop can tumbling down

Phillip was in the countinghouse
Counting out his money
The Queen was in the parlour
Eating bread and honey
When through the window
Flew a bomb
And made them go all funny

In the time it takes to draw a breath
Or eat a toadstool, instant death.

The rich
Huddled outside the doors of their fallout shelters
Like drunken carolsingers

The poor
Clutching shattered televisions
And last week’s edition of T.V. Times
(but the very last)
Civil defence volunteers
With their tin hats in one hand
And their heads in the other

CND supporters
Their ban the bomb badges beginning to rust
Have scrawled ‘I told you so’ in the dust.

A littlebit of heaven fell
From out the sky one day
It landed in Vermont
North-Eastern U.S.A.
The general at the radar screen
He should have got the sack
But that wouldn’t bring
Three thousand million, seven hundred
and sixty-eight people back
Would it?


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4 Comments Add yours

  1. elhan omer says:

    I need the main or the central idea of this poem ”ICARUS ALLSORTS”


  2. AlanGraceNZ says:

    Reblogged this on Word Play … Work in Progress. and commented:

    The end of The nuclear age
    Daily prompt: Age


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