From the Eighties – A Lab Hot Diatribe

the sink was hot
the bench
the pipes
hot
smooth floor
secreted
an ashless heat
counting
hot
the Geiger wild
on the morning round
its dark rod
flickering
in the finality

of the red zone
building on
the template
hot day
hot day
Yale’s glow-in-the-day
technicians knowingly
laid the trace
P32
firing
decay
to release
the code
cleaved
in the days
before colour
slabs
black on
grey
cold 

What child shall live?
What child shall die?

Kathryn Hamann


Nuclide: P32 …Type Decay: Beta…  Half life: 14.28 days (Radiation Safety Manual – Stanford)

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