Remembering Wormwood

Chernobyl’s children still suffer the sentence of their parents malefaction


Chernobyl’s children
Still suffer the sentence of
Their parents malefaction,

The ruins remain ruins
Decay covers more decay
Destruction and despair draped

in pure white blanket
The crystal cloak of winters’
season salves not purifies.
As Earth still revolves
And snows of winter still fall
Burnt out remains lie buried
Will never be forgotten.

Alison Jean Hankinson

Image: By Clay Gilliland from Chandler, U.S.A. (Wormwood Star Memorial) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons

This was a response to d’Verse Meeting the Bar; the Choka

I have never attempted this form/format before and found it quite a challenge. Anyway this was my first ever attempt at a Choka..I tried to understand the form.

d’Verse Meeting the bar



Author: alisonhankinson

Walking tall whenever I can.

9 thoughts on “Remembering Wormwood”

    1. my sister went on a geological expedition in the arctic circle and within a couple of years had a leukaemia, it was caught early and treated and she survives well, but the fall out spread far and wide, our sheep in Cumbria were not fit for human consumption for many years, the rain carried radioactivity far and wide.


  1. I will never forget the news of Chernobyl and its far-reaching effects that continue today. So very sorry about your sister’s illness too. Too much tragedy and harm from that disaster. Thank you for joining in with a choka today.
    Gayle ~

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  2. I remember this sadly and the negative consequences that still affect the people in that place ~I enjoyed your story very much ~ And its fun to try out different poetry forms, smiles ~

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  3. Nicely written choka….I, too, remember Chenobyl and the aftermath and I know it has happened in other sad
    to affect so many and the news to be put on the back burner.

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