Magazine article Monthly Review

Trying to Love Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant

Magazine article Monthly Review

Trying to Love Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant

Article excerpt

First I will honor your name. Just as

those colonists first used, then abused

then tried to exterminate those whose

land they coveted, so you squat leering

at our homes, our bodies, our air and water.

Can I eat your plentiful pollution? Do

the fish and the humpback whales shine

from what you exude into the waters

of Cape Cod Bay? Can I imagine

your spent fuel rods where they pile

in the pool built for a fifth of them

leaking, always leaking poison,

as so many fallen soldiers? As

Tootsie Rolls clumping together?

As fallen angels putrifying?

If only we could see your radiation

as Northern Lights, we could enjoy

as we bathe in it. You loom like fate,

all manner of ailments cooking there

bestowing cancer like alms. …

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