Sunday, March 20, 2011

Ode to Chernobyl Scubadivers

Forget the cars and the apartment promised
That’s not why they dived
Beautiful boys in clumsy gear
Pedaling through the gloomy waters
The safety valve was heavy with rust
Young limbs tore it into compliance
Its cries reverberating in the water
Back and forth they swam
Happy they were not on the roof
In fake leather boots and real lead vests
Green robots shuttling poison to and fro
Clumsy wheelbarrows and insane speed
7000 roubles for the whole unit was an insult
That’s not why they dived
In Kiev the apocalypse met the stone age
They dived so it would not be worse

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