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Michael Waters: Chernobyl Necklace

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Among “countries that are counterfeits of Death,”

Baudelaire in 1846 could not foresee Belarus

Where throats festooned with red crescent scars

Grin across schoolrooms and orphanage wards.

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Even an aesthete like Gerard de Nerval

Who leashed his lobster for a stroll to the opera

Could not divine this couture of the doomed—

Post-op jewelry where butterfly-shaped

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Thyroids blackened, then bloomed.

Copyright 2015 Michael Waters. First published in Cardinal Points.

One comment on “Michael Waters: Chernobyl Necklace

  1. Carole Brooks Platt
    October 8, 2015

    I had to do a bit of research to understand it fully, (despite a PhD in French literature); but, once done, I recognized the genius of the poem. The currents flowed together, beautiful, yet damned, like Baudelaire’s Fleurs du Mal. My heart cries for the children of Belarus.

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