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Michael Gregory: Dust

After they came down

the dust was everywhere


eyes ears and mouths

inside and outside


pulverized matter

through every opening


afflicting exposed tissue

—sometimes mechanically:


blocking smaller paths

irritating the flesh


—sometimes chemically:

inducing anomalies


in cells, chromosomes,

genes and their functions


biological changes

subacute to chronic


often unpleasant

in the extreme


—sometimes, in otherwise healthy

adults, terminal


—sometimes, in the young

and unborn, developmental


or transgenerational

to show up later


dangers Washington knew

and lied to us about


the EPA on orders

issued through channels

from the White House

by way of the CEQ


telling us it’s ok

it’s just dust after all


not enough in the air

to cause significant harm


(and as you can see we

aren’t wearing gasmasks)


the risk is minimal

(though of course if you have


pre-existing conditions

you’ll want to take precautions)


so please let’s get back to work

get this mess cleaned up


business back to normal

the exchange going


let’s show them over there

who did this to us


who they’re up against

with our women and men


in uniform after them

in their own lairs


never letting up

until their oil is ours.


for Heidi Dehncke-Fisher

From Mr America Drives His Car © Michael Gregory 2013, published by Post-Soviet Depression Press



Bikini Atoll, Hydrogen bomb test, early 1950s

4 comments on “Michael Gregory: Dust

  1. Ruby Odell
    October 15, 2016

    Extremely relevant and timely. Thanks for sharing!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. ruth clark
    October 15, 2016

    really on target…we’d do it again in a minute…

    Liked by 1 person

  3. sharondoubiago
    October 13, 2016

    a really fine poem, Michael Gregory!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. anisioluiz2008
    October 13, 2016

    Reblogged this on O LADO ESCURO DA LUA.


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