Exhibit News

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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Particles on the Wall 2nd edition from Healthy World Press

 

 

O eternity, O Sunday afternoon:

just as the nuns had said, it stretched forth,

even more endless than I could imagine.

 

I was seven. The age of reason, Aquinas said,

who reasoned how many angels exactly

could crowd on the head of a pin. In a dress

 

unreasonably white I made my First Communion.

The host, tasting of neither body nor bread,

just library paste, stuck to the roof of the mouth.

 

“Old enough to know better,” my father said,

but still, that eternal Sunday supper,

I played with my food. I even sat still,

 

watching the fat on the platter congeal, like a miracle.

The last of the Sunday beef tongue lolled,

silenced by the knife’s sharp word.

 

Outside a leaf took its time to fall, bad angel,

down through the well-scrubbed floor to heaven,

down to the dirty, unreasonable desert.

 

Out there somewhere uranium broke down

into its no-more-stable daughters.

O half-life, O eternity:

 

Sometimes we had to crouch under our desks at school

as if to pray even harder,

but we would be saved, if only from the Russians.

 

“And did you drink the milk as a child?”

the doctor will ask, the voice of reason.

“Milk from the dairy downwind?”

 

 

--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.