Believe Edward Teller

The German-trained scientist

who brought us the H-bomb


says we got nothing

to fear from nuclear power.


Meanwhile, yellow crust cakes

in pools in New Mexico


along the Rio Puerco.

Overnight, boomtowns


spring up in the desert

like radioactive yucca.


Gallup. Shiprock. Mexican Hat.

Twenty years later


Navajo miners cough up

red lungs of uranium.


Fifty years later

Denver's International


House of Pancakes

built on a radium processing


site, still hot, still

spewing radon gas


thick as maple syrup.

But don't believe


the bleeding hearts.

Believe Kerr-McGee.


Believe Edward Teller.

Believe me.


Just close your eyes

& it'll all be gone.