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Depleted Uranium
describes it incompletely
leading you to believe
its radioactivity
has somehow been drained
of its lethal divinity.

While D.U. will no longer
sustain a fission reaction



when fired as ammunition
from aircraft Gatling guns,
in anti-tank shells,
cruise missiles and
misnamed "smart" bombs,
the heavy metal burns
and burning through
what it hits some of it
releasing radioactive
DU dust particles
into the air where they
penetrate articles like
protective masks.


They lodge in your lungs.
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Invite them into your blood,
gonads, marrow and kidneys.
In water, air and earth
this radioactivity
lies patiently waiting
actively creating...


Radioactive U-238 dust
has a half life of 4 point 5
BILLION years, plus it appears
to have caused Gulf War and
Balkan Syndromes and in Iraq
the unnatural deaths of
1 point 5 million.

International Law has banned
these poisonous smoking guns,
but one country uses and sells them
defying all rational conventions.
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In DU weapons the U.S.A.
is Number One!
!!!!!NUMBER ONE!!!!!


- Vi Ransel


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Vi's works appear widely both in print and online. She conducts Poetry Workshops and gives readings in Central New York. Her latest chapbook is "Sine Qua Non Antiques (an Arcanum of History, Geography and Treachery).

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