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Poem: "Nuclear Empowerment"

This poem came out of the June 5, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by a prompt from kelkyag.  It was sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette.  Read more about atomic batteries.


Nuclear Empowerment


Rare metals are twisted into atomic batteries,
using emissions from a radioactive isotope
to generate electricity, a power source
useful in long-term applications
such as spacecraft and pacemakers,

half-life quietly keeping time
with the heartbeat of the universe.

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