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Cryptococcus neoformans

Chernobyl is full of deer
who don't know of radiation
but who know of humans
and who know a haven when they find it.

They drink tainted water
and eat tainted greens
and the only men they see
come in 20-minute rotations

dressed in hazard suits
and drunk on vodka
to help fight off the poison
or at least the knowledge of it.

The men wave clicking machines,
make marks in their notebooks
and make human noises of surprise
as they near the reactor

and find hundreds of mushrooms
which they've never seen before
which eat not decaying matter
but the radiation itself -

and the deer knows
and the fungus knows
and the ghost of the fermented potato knows:
when the humans push the button

they won't wipe out the whole planet,
just themselves.

February 2011

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