When a mistake is repeated,

What is it?



Is it us?

Does it reflect us?

Or is it just




As in "their" mistake

Their country

Their generation

Their responsibility



What's the difference

Between us and them?

Is it a matter of circumstance, a matter of judgment

Regulatory differences, cultural differences,

A matter of inherent betterness,

Or maybe just a sense of pride

Antagonized along battle lines

That seemingly divides

An us from a them



Might we imagine ourselves too wise for "their" mistakes



Or is it a matter of time?




38 years
that's not so long ago
but many more until anyone may walk barefoot through the fields of Pripyat again