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Time of the Mad Atom

This is the age
Of the half-read page.
And the quick hash
And the mad dash.

The bright night
With the nerves tight.
The plane hop
With the brief stop.

The lamp tan
In a short span.
The Big Shot
In a good spot.

And the brain strain
The heart pain.
And the cat naps
Till the spring snaps

—And the fun’s done!

(Reprinted from The Saturday Evening Post, 1949, The Curtis Publishing Co.), Courage - You Can Stand Strong in the Face of Fear, Jon Johnston, 1990, SP Publications, p. 143