Scott T. Starbuck
I Refused to ‘Duck and Cover’

in 1969, as a first-grader
at Our Lady of Guadalupe School
in Hermosa Beach, CA,

because I knew there was no way
an antique wooden desk
would protect me from a nuclear bomb.

Now, 53 years later, I refuse to believe
anyone is going to stop mass death
from a melting Arctic and Antarctic.