3000 AD

Written by: Esson Alumbugu

As the orange sun dives 
below the horizon
The bushman long back 
from daily hunt 
and rested
Now tells the clan the 
legend of the ancient 
noon:

'The earth', he says, 'was 
not mostly flooded
The earth, indeed, was 
once densely wooded
The earth was a beauty, 
sublime and quiet
Till man became god and the 
earth his diet.

Man built great caves from 
rocks, sand and 
water
He became a great bird and 
flew the clouds
Became a fish and roamed 
every ocean
His whispers could go 
anywhere all times.

Man became a long snake 
that spat out 
soot
That ate vast forests and 
plucked hills from root
Then air became strangled 
with smoke and 
died
And soil became poison and 
flowers dried.

In anger man turned a ball 
of fire
Consumed himself and 
unlocked the oceans
This island was once the 
highest mount top
The ancient ruins lie 
beneath these waters.'

His tale, though old, still has 
its cold venom
As all lament over man's 
lost kingdom.