Map of Radiation Levels around Fukishima


News of

the disaster cycle
has gone the distance, the wheels fell off,
the news is limited,

soundbites are temporary creatures,
attention spans are squat and stunted,
thoughts move to more graspable

we can only take so much on board,
radioactivity hangs around
too long

for an ADHD society,

powers that B
wait for us to forget,

they’re counting on it,

for business as usual.


For more information about the citizen-made map of radiation levels in Japan, pop over to the wonderful blog by theΒ  Querulous Squirrel.

30 thoughts on “Fading

  1. The sad thing is people will forget and replace it as you note so well…with the-disaster-of-the-week…the news is really just another form of entertainment these days…fine post.

    1. Thanks slpmartin – there seems to be far less well thought out, well researched articles around, that’s for sure – we are living in an instant news society that quickly moves on to another story.

  2. so true and so disturbing! Events do slip from our mind so quickly, but then there always seems to be a disaster of some sort happening to push the latest one out of our minds and news does need to stay current (news being what is new). It would just be so much better if there was a generally accepted category of information that related to keeping up to date on recent news that is no longer actually news (if that makes sense).


    1. I know what you mean Juliet – but the thing with the Japanese disaster is that the threat level hasn’t changed significantly from those early days, so is still big ‘news’ in my book.

  3. important poem Gabe (and a good one)
    at other eras disasters as such needed long time to reach other parts of the world, surly they didn’t carry so much emotions with them – people also felt, i guess, a bit more disconnected from other parts of the world.
    nowadays, news travel faster than the problems themselves, sometimes people thousands of kilometres away hear about them earlier than those only couple of hundreds away (I had that with the tsunami in India) and then, of course, comes a new catastrophe and takes the eyes and hearts away. perhaps it also makes a bit more numb for these as we cannot have our thoughts focused on so many tragedies.
    it reminds me a bit the apathy theory of the big city that George Simmel spoke about some hundred years ago.

    1. I think you are right on all those things Dhyan and I understand that people can only take so much disaster before they need to get away from thinking about it. The problem is that the nuclear industry has the potential to irreversibly contaminate our planet – and this issue needs to be kept on the agenda (it was slipping away completely before the disaster in Japan and must never be allowed to slip away again).

      1. O,
        i think it already has. true that with modern communications (chiefly the net) we can also take part in determining the global/local agenda but the unfortunately with all talks of globalization (and i admit i am neither a supporter of the process nor the assumption it exists) most people’s knowledge is still affected and formed by main broadcasters and publishers, where the agenda is still slave to money. things will only change when those in charge will understand the fiscal gravity of this kind of a topic.

  4. ADHD Society! Very good… how come we don’t belong. Are we a superior mutation? I am serious here, I get really caring reactions from six or seven for this sort of comment but thirty to forty for a haiku on romance or ghosts!!! Huh?
    Keep em coming GB!

  5. Excellent poem, Gabrielle! I am with you on this 100%. Sadly, my government is not particularly clever when it comes to thinking these issues through – at least our Prime Minister isn’t.

    I’m including linking myself to a poem I wrote at the time of the disaster, in case you’d like to read it.


  6. I actually feel more hope from news because there are zilions of more sources and you can network around about their reliability. I get almost all of my Fukushima news off Western news site. For me, Fukushima will always be in the forefront of my children’s lives just as surviving the Holocaust marks everything that came after for my holocaust survivor future. I’have some trouble with WorDPress so if my actual name pops up, please delete. Any way, thanks for the mention; the words and pictures are so powerful

    1. You’re welcome squirrel. I suppose I am talking mainly about the news on the tv – most people I know still just get there news from tv and radio – you are looking for news about the nuclear disaster, so you will find heaps of stuff (for most people it is not really on the radar).

  7. Agree wholeheartedly Gabe, Nuclear Power and the problems that accompany it must never slip from the world agenda. Poems like this keep the discussion current!

  8. Great poem Gabrielle, and I echo your deep concerns about the radiation levels and use of nuclear power in general. I really hate the way the media jumps from disaster to disaster and doesn’t continue to report on the status of big world events …

    PS. Sorry I’ve been so quiet, I’m now properly back from my blogging break and just caught up on all your news. I thought Michael’s photos were excellent, and I’m sending you a much belated wedding anniversary congratulations! I should be around more regularly again from now on. πŸ™‚

  9. life appears to be like flickers from the boob tube, but the human strife wrought by nuclear radiation stays a lifetime, generations through generations. we are overwhelmed by the real forces of nature. great post here, gabrielle.

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