The Water Doesn’t Know

Fishermen
I wrote this poem on March 11,  2011, the day of the terrible tsunami in Japan that damaged the Daichi nuclear facility in Fukushima. Despite what we are not hearing in the media, the plant is now spewing out much more deadly radiation into the Pacific Ocean than at the time of the accident. We are all connected by the oceans. This is a global disaster, and a legacy that we are all living right now.
 

The water doesn’t know

why it has been beckoned to swell and rise,

rear up high and crash, carrying destruction in its surge,

destitution in its wake.

The uranium atoms don’t know

why they have been pressured unbearably

to split and heat and vaporize the water,

yet they split; they have no choice.

The people don’t know

why the magma of the earth sighs, groans, and shakes as if in troubled sleep

to beckon and push

the water.

Nor do the people know,

in their newfound respect for the magma and the water,

why they were once so sure that they did know

how to tame an atom

that they made wild.

The people on the other side of the ocean don’t know

that the atoms, bleeding radiation, are even now crossing the water

to visit their shores, their rivers, their drinking glasses.

Do they?

“ The World Health Organization stated that a 2013 thyroid ultrasound screening programme … found that more than a third (36%) of children in the [Fukushima] Prefecture have abnormal growths in their thyroid glands …”
(Wikipedia: Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster)

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Author: Writewireless

I am a thinker, educator, and writer, who teaches English, French, design, and career skills. My articles and posts about being human, teaching, careers, parenting, travel, and world affairs have been published in various newsletters, websites, and blogs. I currently teach and inspire young people to write and to explore the world.

4 thoughts on “The Water Doesn’t Know”

  1. There was a huge article on the paper the other day, that quelled fears about radiation poisoning across the ocean. Especially in fish and marine life, but I get the feeling that we’ll soon see the real effects. 😦

    1. It’s amazing how much news is suppressed, especially where large corporations have $$ at stake. I have seen recent broadcasts from NHK (Japanese television) and other international news media. They have reported that the problem is huge and uncontrolled, and that an international effort is necessary to try to mitigate the ongoing radiation leak and health hazards. Nuclear energy is too big for humans to handle.

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