In nuking Hiroshima, Truman sure blew it,
The ghastly apocalypse sketch, he sure drew it,
Despite known death toll, pain and grief,
That calloused Commander-In-Chief,
Nuked Nagasaki, too! Why did he do it?
Said Englishman Alex Pope, “To err is human,”
(But) “to forgive, divine” (can be) undue, man,
Harry’s nuke revolution,
Warrants NO absolution,
Alda’s Pierce said it best, “To err is Truman!”
Yeah… I know… in posting 2 limericks instead of 1, I’ve (once again) strayed (slightly) from my above headlined premise / promise. But think of it this way… the monumentally wrong Harry S. Truman, who bombed out 2 times in 1945 (August 6th and 9th), could never be adequately dealt with in just 1 poem.
Re my 2nd quotation filled limerick… I thank both the centuries ago writer/poet Alexander Pope and the decades ago MASH teleplay writers for their inspiration. As for that specific “To err is Truman” line, these words had been quipped by actor Alan Alda’s character, Capt. Benjamin Franklin Pierce, M.D.
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