Amy Barlow Liberatore… stories of lost years, wild times, mental variety, faith, and lots of jazz

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GROUND ZERO: Fukushima

She’s alive,
she still simmers
waiting for someone to
fall asleep at the console, or
not pour enough water over her
spent uranium rods, which steam and thirst,
fuses lit, then drenched, then lit again as if by evil
magic. Stock up on iodine pills just in case she implodes…
Japan has
plans to
Tokyo so
sleep tight.


looks like it’ll be a long winter

© 2012 Amy Barlow Liberatore/Sharp Little Pencil

For ABC Wednesday, the letter is Z. Zero. Zilch. Zip. Which is what we’ll be if the US doesn’t step up… did you know they have had THREE meltdowns at Fukushima? That’s two more than Chernobyl.  And have we heard about any of this from the American media?  No!  Why?  Not because they are “liberal,” (the left would be all over this) but because the TV stations, papers, and radio stations are owned by power (plant) brokers and their elitist ilk.  Makes me want to rent “The China Syndrome” again.  This will also be in the side bar at Poets United.  Peace, Amy

Wish Upon a Star

Remember being a kid and
wishing on a star?

I wish I can get a kitten.
I wish my sister wasn’t so mean.

I wish Mike in 7th period English liked me.
I wish my parents would stop fighting.

When I was a child
I wished as a child…

Now I wish for Fukushima
to be cooled, calmed, and collected

I wish for the Middle East to be at peace.
(Hey, I dream big)

I wish Rush Limbaugh would fade
into the obscurity he so richly deserves

I wish young girls would focus on their brains
and that Jon-Benetathons would vanish

I wish racists would grow
hearts… and minds

I wish on the wind for power
and for fracking to cease

I wish for women to be accorded
the rights and respect we deserve

I wish for justice for all, especially kids
For the world to be fed, clothed

This year, Jupiter is larger and
more visible than we’ll ever see it again.

So I focus on Jupiter,
shining bright in the night sky

If you want to heal a planet,
might as well wish on another planet

© 2012 Amy Barlow Liberatore/Sharp Little Pencil
For the Thursday Think Tank at my poetic space station, Poets United, where the prompt was “Wish.”