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Desolation Prairie

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Desolation Prairie

Breathe deep and you will smell the suffering and death
The smell of burning flesh it will take away your breath
It was just a normal day, but in a split second it changed
When the bomb dropped from the sky the whole world it rearranged
Now there is nothing but destruction everywhere you look
Not a tree, not a plant, not even a babbling brook
Everywhere you turn death and suffering all you see
You have to become deaf to the endless cries and pleas
There is no one here to help, nothing you can do
No hospitals, no doctors, just people passing through
Looking for somewhere to go to try to start from scratch
With visions of their former lives from which they've been detached
Some looking for their loved ones who are more than likely dead
Thinking maybe they will find one or two of them up ahead
But I hold no such notions I know the truth you see
All that is left of my family is probably just me
To become part of a group again is the best that I could hope
Without the comfort of other people I don't know if I can cope
With the loss of my life and many others, everyone in fact
All of us making the same wish: that we could just go back
Back in time to computers and phones with our families at our sides
Back to a time and place before almost everybody died
That is where I wish to be and I'm sure everyone else does too
But all I can do is trudge along, hoping that I can pull through

I wrote this for a contest about a nuclear wasteland. Got 2nd place! I hope you enjoy. :)

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  1. Date: 8/5/2013 1:39:00 PM
    A very poignant piece with the thought of terrorism on our doorstep. Where will they strike? Could be the peaceful prairie. That would wake us up! You got 2nd place with this. Well deserved. Excelant piece. !st must have been awsome. :)

  1. Date: 8/4/2013 9:32:00 PM
    Yet another great work. We all live in fear of the world gone wrong and nuclear disaster. You did a fine job on this one. Love your rhyme scheme. Kilmer

  1. Date: 7/30/2013 6:03:00 AM
    really well imagined aftermath, the horror not easily conjoured

  1. Date: 7/29/2013 7:35:00 AM
    Enjoyed stopping by and reading this wonderful and well written poem ! :) LOVE !! SAANVI :)))))

  1. Date: 7/29/2013 12:05:00 AM
    I read a book once by Alan Watts called 'The wisdom of insecurity' This is the way I live my life, great write...Peter

  1. Date: 7/28/2013 4:05:00 PM
    Wow!! I was covered in goosebumps on reading the first couple of lines and positively in tears by the end of your poem. This is goooood writing, April. Your eloquence appeals. Licia :-)

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    Date: 7/28/2013 4:11:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Oh wow, thank you SO MUCH!!! :D:D
  1. Date: 7/25/2013 7:02:00 PM
    It is very intense, I hope it will never come to this, you describe it well, xxx

  1. Date: 7/25/2013 2:05:00 PM
    2nd place, awesome! This read hit many thoughts in my mind. How challenging it is to look past the pain & silence of things.