Telephone DoomsdayA Poem by Nothing Personal
thank you for calling
I knew I was dying when you called.
I knew I had barely weeks left
when you said you wanted to meet.
Then came the big news
You were supposedly pregnant
and I was the father.
When on earth did that happen?
I thought a millennium had past
since we last dated.
Men still used to hunt in woods
and live in caves
savagely eating each other
when time came.
If I told you all this,
your Catholic sentiments will be hurt.
I barely agreed to meet.
The sun did not miss the chance to disappear
Horizontal, bull like clouds bellowed past the golf course
and winds blew like a s**t-storm of hail and blood
It all hurled on my face as I rushed to work.
I remembered how some and perhaps all children were born innocent
But they did not choose to stay that way.
Some were caught cheating
some were mortally punished.
The omen was bad.
I met my boss at the bus-stop.
That murky bit of time when you know you
are working late to avoid meeting your boss
and yet ,
you would meet him and
he would stare right at you
a terminal stare.
I decided I will drink coffee
The sun came up
and a girl with beautiful hair
asked me out.
I told her
"Time is limited"
If you want grand-kids,
tonight is the night"
She said she had ovarian cancer.
We went out.
I know I had cheated on you.
Maybe a couple of times in the past.
But not on rainy Thursdays.
Not when the amore wasn't with life
but with death.
But see ,
I did that too.
God graced me when the rains didn't stop.
And you did not call back.
All the oncologists were on leave
all headed to warm Florida beaches
They have seen enough deaths this year already.
I knew October was coming.
My dreaded October.
I decided to keep dating this girl.
And the skies decided to stay murky.
On a October morning,
when the sun shone
you dropped unannounced to my house
and asked me to marry you.
I resigned to my doom.
A war broke in a Middle Eastern country
And somewhere else in North Africa.
China was shook up by a 8.9 earthquake.
Giant tsunami waves rolled up towards
the Eastern face of Europe.
Australia passed a racial law.
I died on 17th October.
They said without much pain.
Few came by to the funeral.
People decided to cremate me
and blow the ashes away.
There were few people who attended.
You gave birth to a lovely child.
My girlfriend found she was misdiagnosed.
They found oil.
Stephen Spender got the Noble Peace Prize.
I did not see the sun shine that day, of course.
© 2012 Nothing Personal
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Last Updated on May 11, 2012
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