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This poem was inspired by activist Kevin Blanch.

A Little Boy’s gun with a barometric trigger,
showed a Fat Man how to
blot out an Empire’s rising sun.
Proliferation’s need pushed
Sellafield and Kyshtym to trip chasing Manhattan.
Twenty two years later and just
three miles south of Middleton,
failed safe assurances lied again and signed
Pripyat’s some thousands years lease that left
eighteen billion rubles around one elephant’s foot.
Fukushima’s seven year menses – Pacific stained –
west coast tide pool colors an invasive green
as Chinook escapements fill five year graves.
Intractable cesium hangovers bleed MOX cocktails
Nostrils blowing bubbles over damned lips
fused to the tit of a beast we can’t tame.


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Contest: Remembering What You Want to Forget
Sponsor: Kim Rodrigues
Date: 09.04.18

Copyright © | Year Posted 2018




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Date: 11/10/2018 6:34:00 PM
Seeing my old note to you on this poem about drama rama settling down. Maybe it's just now starting again. haha
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Date: 10/28/2018 10:33:00 AM
finally seeing this note you left me a while back. Now that the drama rama in my life has settled down I hope to have a relaxing day!! yes, the world is leaking all kinds of stuff that mankind has heaped on it.
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Date: 10/10/2018 5:34:00 PM
wow Rob, you took the contest very seriously with this one. I don't have things in my life that i want to forget (I just forget them over time and move on) but this is more a piece about humanity and how we are damning ourselves with this toxic stuff. GREAT images, so creative Can't believe I am first to comment when this was posted over a month ago (my poem is a frivolous one on this contest theme but it's a personally true one, the only thing I could think to write about)
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Date: 10/11/2018 4:12:00 PM
Fukushima bothers me because it is still leaking radiation and there is nothing we can do about it. Thank you for reading and commenting.