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War of the Worlds

It turns out
we are not going to die.

What was coming
is not coming.

Their heat-rays
have not incinerated whole

crowds of earthlings.
Their great machines—

there are no great machines.
The children are safe asleep.

It turns out
we are never going to die.

Dave Lucas
Dave Lucas is the author of Weather (UGA Press), which received the 2012 Ohioana Book Award for Poetry. He lives in Cleveland and teaches at Case Western Reserve University.