Chernobyl Year – Jehanne Dubrow


We dreamed of glowing children,
their throats alive and cancerous,
their eyes like lightning in the dark.
We were uneasy in our skins,
sixth grade, a year for blowing up,
for learning that nothing contains
that heat which comes from growing,
the way our parents seemed at once
both tall as cooling towers and crushed
beneath the pressure of small things—
family dinners, the evening news,
the dead voice of the dial tone.
Even the ground was ticking.
The parts that grew grew poison.
Whatever we ate became a stone.
Whatever we said was love became
plutonium, became a spark
of panic in the buried world.

 

32 χρόνια από το δυστύχημα του Τσερνόμπιλ.

Ήταν 26 Απριλίου του 1986 όταν εξερράγη ένας αντιδραστήρας στο πυρηνικό εργοστάσιο, προκαλώντας την μεγαλύτερη μέχρι τότε περιβαλλοντική καταστροφή.

Δεκάδες άνθρωποι σκοτώθηκαν άμεσα, ωστόσο η διαρροή ραδιενέργειας θεωρείται υπεύθυνη για χιλιάδες άλλους θανάτους από καρκίνο στην ευρύτερη περιοχή, ακόμα και σε γειτονικές χώρες.

Δεκάδες χιλιάδες άνθρωποι αναγκάστηκαν να μεταναστεύσουν.

8 comments on “Chernobyl Year – Jehanne Dubrow

  1. You know Efi, that after the Chernobyl I still have problem with my thyroid. I had one operation 18 years ago. When I was 20, realized that I have small tumor on thyroid. Fortunately i wasn’t malignant cancer. But at Poland thyroid disease has intensified since then.

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      • For all the victims…..

        Shibesh Mehrotra

        Chernobyl

        There’s a person waiting for you to come back home
        and sleep by her side
        She waits for a future with you and her
        and maybe an innocent child

        You could play all day
        and put him on your back
        You could see the smile on his face
        and spend the rest of your life like that

        Do you really wanna give that away?
        Do you really wanna give them away?

        Or are you waiting for the world to say

        Please don’t kill me for you ego
        I don’t deserve to die right now

        Remember the games you used to play as a kid?
        The ones with Superman and the bad guys
        You’ve grown up now and there’s no Superman
        I’m not so sure about the bad guys

        Do you know how many kids are playing
        that very game right now?
        Do you know how many mothers are praying
        for their safety right now?

        Do you really wanna take that away?
        Do you have any right of playing with their happiness this way?

        Or are you waiting for the world to say

        Please don’t kill me for your ego
        I don’t deserve to die right now

        I’m a man, I’m a common man
        A faceless man, an innocent man
        I’m walking on the street
        Following my daily routine

        Can you give me a reason
        for killing me slowly?
        For killing my parents, my wife, my kids
        my friends and my family?

        I know you can’t
        I know you can’t
        I know you can’t
        Coz you’re the same as me

        Please don’t kill me for your ego
        I don’t deserve to die right now

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      • The place. I recently watched a report about that place. The city looks like dead, devastated after all these years, but the worse is that high radiation is still registered there.

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