On A Train Last Night

On a train last night
I thought of the earth in years to come.
There was no sun
Nor light
Of any kind. Only black, eternal night.

My light shall die
Yet, in my reverie
The earth I did see
Was itself devoid,
Void of humanity
And my sense
Is that it was not far hence.

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14 thoughts on “On A Train Last Night

    1. K Morris Poet Post author

      Many thanks for your comment, Mick. I am, usually a glass neither half full, nor half empty man. I am sceptical of “the end is nigh”, particularly when it comes from religious fanatics, however last night I had this vision whilst on the train, which I found disquieting. Best – Kevin

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      1. K Morris Poet Post author

        That is true, Mick. Yet in the 1930’s, with the rise of Nazism in Germany, Stalinism in Russia and (in the 1940’s the Second World War) many people thought that the end of civilisation was at hand. Again I remember talking to a friend who lived through the Cuban Missile Crisis. He was unsure whether he would see the next day, but he did.

        There is obviously a big problem with climate change/global warming, Its depressing that there are still people who deny that there is a problem, but there are positive signs with the growth in renewable energy. So I am, on the whole cautiously optimistic.

      2. Mick Canning

        I hope you’re right, Kevin. I fear heads will only be taken out of sand and bums when it’s too late.

        And you’re right about the 1930’s and 40’s, that as dreadful as it was civilisation didn’t end, but I don’t think anyone would want to have to live like something like that now!

      3. K Morris Poet Post author

        I agree with you as regards no one wishing to live through what happened in the 1930’s and 40’s now. I feel that I have a duty to be cautiously optimistic, or at least to do what I can. By that I don’t mean hiding my head in the sand, but doing what I can, on a personal level to protect the environment. There is a novel by John Lanchester, “The Wall”, in which he portrays the UK surrounded by a great wall to keep both the sea out and also those fleeing the effects of climate change away from these shores. Its worth reading. Kevin

      4. Mick Canning

        I don’t know that book, I must look it out.

        Yes, I think it is essential we all do what we can, now, and urge others to do likewise. I am convinced that the climate crisis is the single most urgent and important issue in the world today.

      5. K Morris Poet Post author

        I agree, Mick. I think that we (in the UK) can survive, but (if the worst prognostifications happen) our existence (or rather that of future generations) will be much bleaker than that enjoyed by you or I.

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