Gert Strydom

Gold Star - 19,869 Points (03 April 1964 / Johannesburg, South Africa)

Chernobyl - Poem by Gert Strydom

When Russia tried to keep quiet
over the disaster
of a exploding nuclear reactor
the whole of Europe was radiated

satellites saw the explosion
with flames shooting up,
radiation going into the air
being swept away on the wind

and all of the people fighting against the disaster
got a death sentence,
the towns of Chernobyl and Pripyat is now empty
with no living beings moving there

and the impact circled out much wider
and in Russia people are still suffering from it.

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, March 30, 2011

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