Nuclear Eternity

I’m posting this poem in response to the latest challenge at d’verse poets. A bit contrived, I know, but I’ll see what comments I get….

Nuclear Eternity

Humankind long ago
lifted the lid on Pandora’s box
The genie escaped, never to return
300,000 tons of toxic nuclear waste
life on our planet threatened for 100,000 years
Hope, and water, keep the lid on spent fuel
But when the water runs away
or human error intervenes
How many
still to come
a solution
Locks away
the threat
for eternity?

Despite the sentiments in this poem, I do believe that nuclear power has a very real place in our world today – it’s the human errors we need to control…


  1. Human error – but human intention is also a big concern – humans purposely causing the issues. Very interesting poem! k.

  2. ugh…true that… we think everything’s under control but history has taught us more than one lesson that it isn’t — just thinking about the earth quake in japan and the fear that the reactors would break… the shape makes your poem even more haunting..

  3. ugh hopefully not many but you never know….just look a tthe scare with the tsunami….yikes…and i dont know if we will ever know the full picture there…nice concrete to this as well…

  4. I think the question is indeed about the human error factor. They just announced today that Fukushima in Japan occurred because of human error. Thatbaccident is far wirse than Cernobyl. Your poem is right to pointnout the dangers. It is great how you emphasize the danger with a poem in the form of a mushroom cloud!

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