by David Baresch, Japan
‘Red Geiger’ passes on personal experience of visiting a town in Japan, abandoned due to nuclear fallout.
A nuclear powerplant stood on the edge of the Pacific Ocean. A tsunami thrashed the building, roofs exploded, and radioactive particles peppered the land.
The 10th anniversary of the nuclear disaster will be on March 11th 2021.
The Geiger-counter glowed red, ‘Danger! Danger!’ were the words that it bled, For on the coast, close to its edge, A powerplant stood, battered and rent. A tsunami had hit, walls had split, A silo had cracked, atoms spat, Temperatures grew, a rooftop blew, And atoms freed adrift on the breeze. We stood in a town, an abandoned town, Just outside the restricted zone, Of human life, there was none, For all had fled in nuclear dread. The Geiger-counter, it glowed red, ‘Danger! Danger!’ were the words it yet bled.