ABC Wednesday, brought to you by the letter “I.”  No better time to remember the victims, both dead and slowly dying, in Sendai and other towns in Japan.  No better time to rethink our “commitment” to nuclear power, an option that is doomed to fail us at some point.  Remember Oppenheimer:  “I am become death.”  Remember Nagasaki and Hiroshima.  Remember shirt designs tattooed onto human bodies. Remember Karen Silkwood (RIP).   Remember GREED.

Most importantly:  Remember, no man who owns a nuclear power plant has ever lived anywhere nearby.   Amy




Island, inland,

isotopes, infrared.

Indelible images on the Internet.


If it implodes

the industry, intended to provide

immense power (ideological and industrial)

will implode as well.


Iodine pills, dispersed like incoming radiation.

Imperious platitudes; empirical attitudes (inferred)

Impossible to end nuclear power?

I intend to work to that end, in spite of industry.


© 2011 Amy Barlow Liberatore/Sharp Little Pencil