Map of Radiation Levels around Fukushima (2011)


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.


Note: A wrote this poem a few months after the Fukushima earthquake.

Radiation levels posing cancer risks on fourth anniversary of earthquake

You can pop over to the blog of beeblu to read a very moving poem she has written for this anniversary.


6 thoughts on “Fukushima – after four years

  1. Thanks for the shoutout, Gabe.

    Your poem is prescient. There are individuals who are still working very hard to help the area and people recover from this terrible event, and the misery is almost endless, but our 24-hour news and social media culture is inured to specific events of suffering, and moves on to the next “disaster” at lightening speed.

    1. you’re welcome bb 😀 It was entirely horrible and so dramatic to watch on tv – I can’t imagine those involved getting over it at all – so many deaths and the aftermath of destruction and fear of radiation.

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