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Published in ‘Gods & Monsters of Tomorrow’ anthology of 22 Irish artists inspired by a documentary ‘Into Eternity’ about the world’s first nuclear waste repository in Onlako, Finland.

Camouflaged by layers

the weight of soil and snow,

guilt and expectation.

Built to last

the promise of decades;

our alibi of power,

an irradiated legacy.

 

Time wields a sickle,

hacks a crack, a pore,

turns earth’s heartbeat sluggish,

strangles with poisoned hands.

 

Generations tainted,

misshapen twisted strands

missing letters, switching sides,

exchanging C for T,

replacing G with A.

 

Atomic static

the deafening crackle,

leaches life and its colours.

 

All that’s left is white.

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