May it be nonfiction . . .

Lady in Red,
Ruler of the University.
Guardian to extraterrestrials,
humans, exactoids
and shape-shifters.

She sets the rules.
Lanes within which to live.
All played nicely
until humans did not.
They selectively listened.

She gave warnings.
Melted ice shelves
raised ocean levels
sent pestilence.
Cried foul many a time.

Still their souls eroded.
While others flourished
humans seemed to rot.
They battered earth,
debased each other.

Lady in Red,
All Seeing One.
What could she do
but plead, cajole?
Demand loudly, STOP.

They did not.

And with breaking heart
she raised her arm,
rescinded humanity.
Flung them from the field
into suffocating darkness.

Earth and all her humans,
banished from the cosmos.
Extraterrestrials, exactoids
and even shape-shifters
watched and learned.

And the Lady in Red wept
for their inhumanity,
for the world.

2020-04-11 (2)

Day 11 of National Poetry Writing Month. Today Toads asks us to choose one of the Russian sci-fi posters provided in the prompt, and write a poem about it. I found this challenging . . . not in my comfort zone.

6 thoughts on “May it be nonfiction . . .

  1. Rosemary Nissen-Wade April 11, 2020 / 5:01 pm

    Wow! I think you have successfully written the poem that some other poets I know have been trying to. Bravo!

    So clever to make it University, so only as the poem goes on we realise it’s (also) the Universe.

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  2. Kerry April 12, 2020 / 4:13 am

    A most excellent commentary of the culmination of the last 300 years of human history.. breaking point has been reached!

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  3. kim881 April 12, 2020 / 4:30 am

    Mother Nature, also known as the Lady in Red, holds all the cards, Lill. She’s shown us so many times in the course of history. But the lesson still hasn’t been learnt. I love the way you tell this story, a parable for the 21st century.

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  4. sanaarizvi April 12, 2020 / 10:57 am

    This is utterly magnificent, Lillian! 😀 I love; “She sets the rules. Lanes within which to live. All played nicely until humans did not.” 💝

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  5. Sherry Marr April 12, 2020 / 3:27 pm

    Weeping for inhumanity….I certainly resonate with that. Well done, Lillian!

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  6. Sherry Marr April 12, 2020 / 3:27 pm

    Weeping for inhumanity….I certainly resonate with that. Well done, Lillian!

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