Thursday, 21 September 2017

Dicing With Death

The act of a Russian has now come to light:
he was on duty in nineteen-eighty-three
monitoring early signs of a nuclear attack.
He took a decision that proved to be right
but what he did might have meant the sack.
Incoming missiles from the US. were spotted
by faulty computers but it was a false alarm.
Stanislav took a gamble and kept shtumm
thus saving the world from terrible harm.
If he had been wrong, an enormous blast
would have happened a few minutes later
and a global conflict would’ve happened fast.
We should praise this man who saved the day
and who sadly passed away last May.

© Luigi Pagano

Stanislav Petrov, who averted possible nuclear war, dies at 77

Luigi Pagano has published three collections of poems: ‘Idle Thoughts’, ’Reflections’ and ‘Poetry On Tap’. His work has been featured in ABCTales’ magazines,UKAuthors’ anthologies, Poetry24 and several other publications.