Tangible spirits

Prompt –

© 2015, Barbara W. Beacham

Finish the story begins with: “The only residents remaining in the small town of Miners Hill are spirits.”

The only residents remaining in the small town of Miner’s Hill are spirits. Here the children are born with a decree of early death. Mining has poisoned the air, food and even water of the region.

The mining company started its operations in 1960s. The insignificant hamlet grew into a small town by mid 70s. The first spate of deformed babies was born in 1979 followed by a surge of persons diagnosed with leukemia in early 80s.

People protested without respite till the apex court took suo-moto cognizance of a report published in an environmental journal. Unfortunately the case was transferred to a bench with different set of judges and awaits a decision.

The elderly succumbed to ill-effects of radiation and the children failed to live up to their teens. The few able bodied slowly dribbled out of the town. Today, the malignant spirits of the yellow cake reign over all life in the region.

Words < 150

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33 thoughts on “Tangible spirits

  1. A poignant tale of how Economics takes precedence ( mostly, if not always) over environment and long term health hazards.

    In India decades earlier, there had been the Bhopal Gas tragedy created by the erstwhile US company Union Carbide ( which has now morphed into DOW Chemicals!) which has led to hundreds of thousands of people getting effected over decades. But in the twentieth century, which Multi-national company bothered about people dying in the third world, which was viewed as a dumping and testing ground for dangerous, untried chemicals…….. Mercifully, this mindset to some extent has now changed.

    So how could we usher in Conscious Capitalism in the world today?


    • Green industry is still not economically feasible ,,,,, hence the large scale industrialization of far and south eastern countries. Conscious capitalism is an ideal marketing strategy that sounds very nice ……..

      Thanks for the interest.

  2. This is one example of the many man-made problems we have come across so far. The effects of others, although not that fatal at the time, are beginning to be seen (children with genetic disorders, rise in cancer cases etc.). You’ve captured it well. It’s quite sad what we humans are capable of…

  3. The selfish money grabbers live for momentary profit regardless of the consequences. You draw a remarkably realistic picture here YS ~ Scary ~ Nice work ~

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