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Last year this year

2033 – make the most of it!

By Raymond G. TaylorPublished about a month ago 2 min read
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This is the last year they said. No more.

An end to man’s existence.

Submitted to the Real Poetic Unofficial '2033' challenge. Details in the embedded link below:

This is the last year they said. No more.

An end to man’s existence.

No resistance.

No more war.

They started one and nobody showed up.

Couldn’t be bothered.

This is the last year they said.

Nothing to come. Everyone dead.

Children without mothers. Fathers with no sons.

Daughters weeping, abandoning guns... and roses.

Nobody poses. Game’s up for the human race.

Put on a brave face. If you want to.

Nobody cares.

Nobody dares question the verdict.

Fait accompli, you see.

We... shall not overcome.

Oblivion... for everyone.

This is the last year they said.

An end to all, for blue, for red.

Stay in bed... if you want to.

Won’t matter if you do or you don’t.

Go to church.

Take a drink.

Whatever you think might help.

Nothing will change the verdict.

There is no future.

No tomorrow.

The new year will never be.

Forget 2033. 2034 is to be... no more.

Bid adieu to the people who matter to you the most.

All will be toast

By tomorrow. For the morrow shall never be.

So long, and thanks for all the fish.

O ~ 0 ~ o ~

With thanks to Lamar Wiggins for the inspiration and to Real Poetic for the challenge, for the tip, and for being wonderful.

I have difficulty understanding poetry, let alone writing it, so I hope this little offering ticks some of the boxes for a literary form that I have spent the last 60 years not quite getting. Doing things like this helps so please forgive any failings.

"So long, and thanks for all the fish," for those who don't know, is a line from Douglas Adams, A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and the title to the fourth book in the Hitchhiker's series. The line is what the dolphins say when they depart Earth, just before the planet's destruction.

I hope this quote indicates that this little story is not intended to be taken seriously as a prediction of the end of the world in a little under 10 years' time.

O ~ 0 ~ o

Thanks for reading

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About the Creator

Raymond G. Taylor

Author based in Kent, England. A writer of fictional short stories in a wide range of genres, he has been a non-fiction writer since the 1980s. Non-fiction subjects include art, history, technology, business, law, and the human condition.

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  • Lamar Wigginsabout a month ago

    You absolutely accomplished a feeling of dread. The narrator felt like he had given up way before he decided to narrate his thoughts. I could sense it in the words. Great effect! And thanks for the shout out! I appreciate it.

  • Novel Allenabout a month ago

    Thanks for all the fish. I never saw those. Yor poem is crazy enough to be great, the stuff writing is made up of.

  • Novel Allenabout a month ago

    Nicely done Ray, still I hope tomorrow comes, if not, it was great knowing y'all.

  • Dharrsheena Raja Segarranabout a month ago

    I feel that this actually happening is the best thing that could ever happen. Like let's all cease to exist. Maybe that would give Earth a chance to rehabilitate herself. I loved your poem so much!

  • Real Poeticabout a month ago

    I think you’re an amazing poet! This has a great flow and meaning! Well done.

  • Daphsamabout a month ago

    Great fun read!!

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