Dark Age Ahead (Written September 23, 2013)

Dark Age Ahead


Nobody understood what was happening.

What sounded like the whistle

Of a train, on the other side of town,


Grew more and more faint,

Then we heard footsteps coming down

The back stairway, and a man’s voice


Raised in anger. An article

In the paper said there was a choice

Of fresh produce at the market,


But shipments of meat had been blocked.

Oranges were in short supply. Target

Populations could come to the Coliseum,


Though nothing was guaranteed.

Specimens were on display at the museum,

Stuffed and mounted, suitable for viewing.

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