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Oh, To Be An Atom

imageThe following is a poem written by a 6th grade student in 1962. I found it yesterday in a stack of papers left behind in a garage by a teacher, who died decades ago.

Oh, to be an atom
Having so much power.
Why, when a single neutron hits me
Boom! How the people cower!

But while I am an atom
I’d be very peaceful too
Making power, stopping cancer
Peaceful things, that’s what I’d do.

Oh, to be an atom
Sitting in a missile
Controlling the very fate of the world
And being oh, so very little.

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