Radiant (1959)

By | 24 July 2007

The summer dust storms
shroud my mother
as she labours
with this
the end
of the sixth decade
pregnancy.

A year earlier
Maralinga rains
settled
on South Australian soil.

Now Strontium 90 is lifted
and dumped
as soiled westerlies
finger dust into every crevasse
of my parent's Hay home.

In the womb
I enter the atomic age.

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