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Weapon Effects on a Wood Frame House

by J.M. Regan

.7 miles
from a 16 kiloton
radiant energy
at 10 thousand volts psi
blew the speakers
stopped Bach in mid-phase
sliced the H2O molecules
into free
radicals killer
the code information failed
at 200 lbs psi
collapsed the rafters
fractured the joists
the Waterford vases
imploded a rose
the bay window splintered
its million silicates
thermal power
at 20 calories psi
burned curtains
blistered the collection
of Christmas Picassos
ignited the legal pad
the just begun poem
the bedding smoked
on the bed
two men
like one flame
went out.