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Mine Uranium!

Updated on June 18, 2013

Beneath the ground flows a vein

A lifeline to salvation some would say

"Mine Uranium!" is the cry

As supporters write letters

Beg lawmakers with the power

To lift a ban set in place to protect

The people, environment, and nature.

Others cry "No!"

They say "No" to drills

Designed to rape the earth

And steal one of her precious resources.

What will be left when the drills are gone?

Empty holes? Barren land?

What happens to earth when she gives up her value?

Will she be wanted?

Or will she be tossed aside to be used no more?

Who will profit from the violation?

Will pockets be lined for good or bad?

What will be the price paid for the promise of salvation?

Questions flow like water

Falling on the ears of deaf and hearing alike

Begging for the right decision

Pleading for justice to be done

Beneath the ground flows a vein

A lifeline to salvation some would say.


Author's note:

My city is involved in a great debate. Should the vein of uranium that flows underneath our land be mined? The debate has divided our area. On one hand, we have promises of jobs, economic development, and a new tax base. On the other hand we find the unknown. Can uranium be mined safely? What effects with the process have on the people and the land. The question has been placed in the hands of lawmakers. I hope they make the right decision. I and many of my neighbors are not in favor of the mine. The above poem sums up my feelings and the feelings of many residents of my area.







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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Can uranium be mined safely? A good question. Another is: Can uranium be used safely? It's certainly a conundrum in this modern day world and one I would not like to be responsible for making a decision on.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Your poem says it well. I agree with Blossom. Can it be mined and used safely? Important issue and hope it gets resolved right.

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      Sherri Tuck 4 years ago from Virginia

      Gypsy, you and Blossom are both correct in the assertion that "safe" is the key factor. We are very concerned here in Virginia. Please pray that the right decision is made

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