A Late Night Safety Test

Poem By Brad Evans

they were picking mushrooms
when it went up.

Although the heat
fell off the scales in No.4

the vertical trajectory
did not hold true to Condy's: (i)

heat-tossed fission materials and graphite went stratospheric
with updrafts lasting 9 days.

It was just an accident, really,
following a late night safety test…

They evacuated the city
30 hours later

and sent in a 23 year old fireman,
Vladimir Pravik

along with 27 others
to tackle


(and who were laid to rest
a short while after) .

With wet-lipped pleasure
the media

reported that Pravik
was to be awarded:

'an Order for Courage'

a small star
that looked like gold

a distance.

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