Mayday in Kiev

by Watchtower

A watchtower is a type of fortification used in many parts of the world. It differs from a regular tower in that its primary use is military, and from a turret in that it is usually a freestanding structure. Its main purpose is to provide a high, safe place from which a sentinel or guard may obser…




[Albert Einstein]
"The unleashed power of the atom changed everything
Save our mode of thinking, and we thus drift toward
Unparalleled catastrophes." 

In a nation for a dangerous penchant for secrecy
A dread disaster at Chernobyl was concealed
As a poisoning cloud spread over the Eastern Bloc
Alarming information was reluctantly revealed
An explosion in Reactor Four - a fire refusing to cease
No containment walls preventing radioactive release
Evidence that peaceful technology had gone awry
More catastrophically than Windscale or TMI
Alert - Celebration in Kiev
Under glowing skies - Soviet lies
Alert - In nearby Poland
A shower of radiation
Children iodized
Mayday - A day of rejoice
A cry of distress
Severe political fallout; toxic exchange of words
Soviet obscurantism under verbal attack
Abroad, outraged countries appeal for information
Met with grudging riposte, hesitant placation
At home, TASS reports no danger; nothing to fear
As deadly elemental isotopes spew into the biosphere
"The unleashed power of the atom..." - a warning from the past
The benefits of technology are reversed by careless human error
Science, once a saviour, now an effective destroyer
We must apply our knowledge with care
Entombed in concrete
Chernobyl will forever remain
A monument to the chilling effects of negligence

Written by: DOUG J KEYSER, RON JARZOMBEK

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