what depths…

do we plumb

with our layers of numb?

definitions we seek

and the rhymings we tweak


existentially freeze framed

monumentally no named.







mind’s exhale so twee

but my heart

is on its knees…



An American friend shared this article about Stanislav Petrov on Facebook today. I had never heard of him, I am ashamed to say. If you have the time, read the article and watch the clip. I promise you, it is worth the time. And honestly, I dare you to not cry.

(From article: In 1983, he was on duty when the Soviet Union’s early warning satellite indicated the U.S. had fired nuclear weapons at his country. He suspected, correctly, it was a false alarm and did not immediately send the report up the chain of command. Petrov died at age 77.)

the man who saved the world

RIP you remarkable man.

22 thoughts on “what depths…

            1. saynotoclowns says:

              I hope the coffee was good. And it wasn’t Starbucks ๐Ÿ™‚
              haha a couple people have made reference to ‘It’ to me. All I can say is, under no conditions will I be watching it. I’m not even going to ask you how it was ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. saynotoclowns says:

      Thanks Vidur! I appreciate that.
      It’s about 8 years old. They were so tiny, we almost overlooked them, and I obviously liked the layered symbolism for this post ๐Ÿ™‚ (but not to trivialise it in any way, quite the opposite.)

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  1. Davy D says:

    A lovely and fitting tribute Vanessa to a remarkable man. It is shocking that this story is only making the right headlines on his death. I suspect there may be another story he has taken to his grave.

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  2. Just Barry says:

    I shared this story too! Great minds and whatnot and so forth. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I enjoyed reading your poem. I liked the loose rhyming scheme and feeling of dread is so real.

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    1. saynotoclowns says:

      Did you? I’ll have to check it out!

      And thank you! My thoughts were so fragmented, there’s no way to capture the enormity of all of this really imho. So I decided to just leave it as is without editing. Thanks for the feedback.


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