Surrounding a Nuclear Weapons Plant, October 1983

by Mark Blaeuer

Scramble to a fence and pasture off-complex:
a sutured green, a mask for ICBM triggers
(plutonium spheres, each the size of a child’s ball).

Nearby, a Sony boombox: World Series, Baltimore
and Philadelphia. Philadelphia, despite enmity’s
link of one town to another.

An organizer with a walkie-talkie signals
ten thousand souls along barbed wire.
Sunlight, Oppenheimer’s doubt thus magnified, prayers launching.

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