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Particles on the Wall is excited to announce upcoming exhibits!

 

The REACH Museum

June 29 - October 21, 2016.

The REACH Museum
1943 Columbia Park Trail
Richland, WA 99352
Sun & Mon: Closed
Tue - Sat: 10:00AM-4:30PM

Visitthereach.org

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Golden Transparent:  by the light of an apple

I saw the earth, and it was green and good.

Under the dust it almost glowed.  Gorged

I lay in the back of the station wagon

 

between the boxes of apples my father had picked.

Golden Delicious:  I had eaten of the fruit

of the knowledge of good and evil,

but my eyes were not opened, I was no god.

 

No, I was a snake, well fed

crushed beneath the heel of the desert air

heavy with isotopes.  I was none the wiser.

Brought forth in sorrow, I was the daughter

 

of a radiation monitor, entry level,

who would work his way up to "feasibility studies"

for reactors yet to be built.  Once a month

he left two glass flasks of his urine in a leaden case

 

on the front porch.  Oh, let him not be "hot."

By the unearthly glow of an apple --

no, by the faint, sainted blue of atomic decay,

mother to daughter, uranium longed to be lead.

 

The cottonwoods of the shelterbelt shivered.

Leaves whispered rumors of nothing, nothing amiss.

A rattlesnake's lazy hiss turned on itself,

a cyclotron asleep in the dirt.

 

A train wailed like a prophet weary of wilderness.

In a lead-lined car, steel flasks of plutonium,

squeezed drop by drop from the rock,

tried not to be shaken by the world

 

outside the reactor gates. But what did I know?

As if out there at the checkpoint

a seraph had lifted a fiery sword.

 

                        -- Debora Greger

 

            Included in the collection, Desert Fathers, Uranium Daughters, by Debora Greger, published by Penguin Books, 1996. Copyright (c) 1996 by Debora Greger. Used by permission of Penguin, a division of Penguin             Group (USA) Inc.