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Apocalypse Now?

In the dark, the winds uprooted trees
and left our garden on its knees
                      each plastic chair
                       flung in the air
lies scattered on the grass.
A scene of utter devastation
is spread there for our contemplation
as we ask ourselves in consternation  
                      how such things come to pass.

Beyond the garden gate, the sea
still pounds huge waves relentlessly
                      upon the beach
                      and tries to breach
the line the Mairie has decreed
should separate the human race
from sardines, mullet, shrimps and plaice
and keep us in the state of grace
                      in which on them we feed.

Chaos, it seems, has come again,
and in the cataclysmic rain
                      its easy to
                      take the bleak view
and think the end is nigh.
If so, these could be my last verses
before the broken world disperses
we two without last rites or hearses,
                      or time to say goodbye.

Life mostly has been very good
in our particular neighbourhood
                      so if this is
                      the last abyss
we cant claim weve the right
to raise objections, or to say
the apocalypse is not fair play
and should come later, not today
                      nor, preferably, tonight.

But we stare at one another seeing
through to the essence of our being?
                      As though aware
                      weve failed to share
till now, what now seems true
that its only those brave souls who dare
to know that always, everywhere
it all could go, and dont despair
                      who somehow love renew . . .

Tom Vaughan

If you have any thoughts on this poem, 
Tom Vaughan would be pleased to hear them.


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