Shifting furrows in the sand

Shadows painted on the land

Shimmering air lying dead

Across the dunes straight ahead

Heavy mid-day desert heat

Where scorpions and death compete

Barren landscape utterly dry

Vultures searching way up high

Bleached skeletons of man and beast

Still monuments to life deceased

Charred and crumbling piece of wall

Silent tears floating sadly above it all

By the devastating power of the gun

Mankind’s self-destructive force had won

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  • FredPeyer

    Thanks so much, Kat. I do worry where this world is going!

  • Michael Edwards

    Great write fired from the pen - the best weapon of them all.

    • FredPeyer

      Thanks Michael, but it only works if somebody reads it! 🙂

    • myself and me

      Such a sad fact, we human beings will wipe ourselves off from the earth before any nature disaster do that to us.

      • FredPeyer

        Thanks M&M, all I can say is 'Amen'! Sad, but true!

      • Mugsdaddy

        Great write sooo glad you left out the aliens and zombies.

        • FredPeyer

          Thanks Mugsdaddy, I keep them on the backburner for next time.

        • orchidee

          Good write Fred.

          • FredPeyer

            Thanks so much, orchidee! You are very gracious and it is appreciated.

          • Fay Slimm.

            Oh such a powerful poem with rhyming to add to its dire expression - an arid and sad world indeed my friend.

            • FredPeyer

              But thankfully there are all you guys on MPS to brighten it up! Thanks, Fay!

            • Louis Gibbs

              Wouldn't make a good nursery rhyme, but a powerful commentary here, Fred! Looks kinda like we're heading down the same road as Atlantis, doesn't it. I'm sure there will be enough left for the old Phoenix to rise again for another try.

              • FredPeyer

                Thanks Louis, as Einstein once said: 'I don't know what weapons will be used to fight world war III, but I do know that world war IV will be fought with sticks and stones.' (Something to that effect)

              • skyebellasario

                Wonderfully worded poem Fred! I loved it 🙂

                • FredPeyer

                  Thanks so much skye! I do appreciate your reading and commenting.

                • Accidental Poet

                  Sign of the times Fred. But a great write.

                  • FredPeyer

                    Thanks AP, if it is a sign of the times, it is a scary one.

                  • Goldfinch60

                    Very strong write.

                    In Africa at one of the shops there is a sign above a curtain. The sign says "If you open this curtain you will see the most dangerous animal in the world!" On pulling the curtain back there is a mirror!

                    • FredPeyer

                      Thank you Goldfinch! That is incredible, and so true!

                    • Anna Marg

                      That was a great poem! It rhymed perfectly and had a great message in it!

                      • FredPeyer

                        Thank you so much, Anna! The message is there, but will it do any good?

                        • Anna Marg

                          Well that's hard to say cause most people onl care about their own well being ignoring the impact it may have on the land we step on and as a result on our descendants!

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