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End Of Days

...inspired by 'The Salamander' by C.S. Lewis
The sun bore down with blinding rays,
the oceans boiled and came to nought,
it was withal the end of days
with every living creature caught,
when from the rocks, agile, adept,
a tiny lizard meekly crept.
With roughened skin and beady eye
he reconnoitered through the haze,
no stranger to a blazing sky
it lay in shade, at last to laze,
it raised his head, albeit weak,
and rallied, then began to speak.
"The Future of Mankind is sealed,
the devil's bell has tolled and won,
no recompense, no last appeal,
eclipsed before you have begun
to fight disease and lawlessness,
the hallmarks of your wickedness.
No light will break from yonder stars
to help you in your hour of need,
your destiny these blighted scars
that seal your folly and your greed,
alone with your predicament,
God's only live experiment.
To mess with Nature to your shame,
to disregard His Holy Name,
to vilify the Golden Rule
will label you the Biggest Fool,
death comes quick as you will see,
the bell has tolled, and tolled for thee."

Copyright © Keith Bickerstaffe | Year Posted 2016


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  1. Date: 9/27/2016 7:36:00 AM

    Oh if there were ever a poem wrote for today, this is it...brilliant, Keith.
  1. Date: 9/26/2016 5:54:00 AM

    Hi Keith, such a long time since I visited your poems- my deepest apologies, been going through a " storm..." This has your skillful touch, and insightfulness...Beautifully written. As always, your work is " different" in theme and execution. Masterful! Hope you are keeping well? Best wishes and Hugs!: )
  1. Date: 9/10/2016 4:00:00 PM

    Thanks much Joe! Best wishes, Keith
  1. Date: 9/10/2016 1:34:00 PM

    Hello Keith, what a great tale from your pen, and indeed from our innocent friend.' So pleased I stopped by..'
  1. Date: 9/9/2016 4:36:00 PM

    Mindful poem, Keith, love it! jimbo
  1. Date: 8/24/2016 4:27:00 AM

    'well done Keith a masterful write. much appreciated.
  1. Date: 8/23/2016 10:38:00 PM

    A great piece, Keith, beautifully sewn together. Much enjoyed. Regards, Viv
  1. Date: 8/22/2016 4:18:00 AM

    Nature will never be defeated. A meaningful, well written verse, Keith. T.J
  1. Date: 8/21/2016 11:47:00 PM

    Powerful and beautiful poem, nature shall have her way in the end!