The Atomic "Tests" (They were the real thing)

Out of the soft starry night
orange desert and blood red sun
of the Timeless Land
….burst the bomb from hell
splitting time asunder
firing the Emu Clay Pans
blasting the Fields of Thunder

The lost Children of the Dreamtime
had watched the mushroom cloud.
They didn’t know the black mist
was a black mist shroud
and when the white frost fell
the children played
….in the frost from hell.

Neither did the young men know,
blinded through the backs of their brains
standing like robots in a row
‘….. We must obey….we must obey’
….‘Bloody Hell Oh Bloody Hell!’
What is this fateful day?
They should have prayed
and disobeyed.

Another time, its Western time
The mindset stays the same
Another time another place
The invaders play another game
Where flowers bloom in red desert sand
And people move softly on sacred land
Where under the earth the water flows
More precious than gold
as the hot sun glows

We’ll take this land, this nowhere land
This dreamtime, you’ll lose it,
We’ll use it for nuclear dumps,
we’ll infuse it with time,
Western time,
Ticking away,
On the countdown to zero

The Atomic "Tests" (They were the real thing)

Barbara Cliff

Sydney NSW, Australia

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Artist's Description

Based on a story of the experiences of Lawrence Hogan in Air Force construction unit at Emu Clay Pan via Maralinga – Atomic and Hydrogen bomb tests.

Artwork Comments

  • Arcadia Tempest
  • David A. Everitt (aka silverstrummer)
  • Barbara Cliff
  • Astoreth
  • Matt Penfold
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