Endangered Species


By: Wayne Brown

Souls cry out in agony as chaos reins flaming chariots all about

The outside trying to get in and the inside trying to get out

The world has finally lost its mind, all structures crumbled down

The streets are dark and empty; sanity is in the lost and found

Dark figures dart across damp and dank stone of back alleyway

Slinking in the shadows lying patiently awaiting for their prey

Posed to pounce upon the flesh and take what isn’t owned

Willingly, ready to make the kill and leave victims on the stone

Survival of the fittest; animal instinct rules the night and day

Playing tit for tat in a contest where the weaker ones will pay

All for another bite of moldy bread or a breathe of putrid air

Cold-blooded in their actions; life destroyed without a care

A civilized and caring beast, mankind no longer can play the part

Life is now the struggles and desires of a wild animal’s heart

No longer is there any basis for basic reason or logical conclusion

Man has joined the wildest of beasts; his past life is an illusion

The world spins and turns upon its polar- oriented planes

Mankind has roamed its earthly grounds and left upon his stains

Law and order is forgotten as more and more time passes

Man has burned his books and Bibles and left them in the ashes

For this creature who walked the earth with intelligence in his mind

The world has come full circle and moved back to the starting line

With civilization destroyed and nothing for survival but instinct

Mankind has finally lost the war; soon to be rendered extinct

Man no longer prays to God nor the devil does he now seek

Man has returned to animal; no need for thought; no need to speak

Man has finally destroyed all that he created on this earthly ground

And soon there will be no trace of his existence, no sight, no sound.

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© 2011 Wayne Brown

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Truckstop Sally 6 years ago

Scary place. And it is all our fault. Man is destroying the world with greed, corruption, hatred, pollution . . . Makes ya think!

Haven't heard that song in a long time.

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WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

I was 20 when that song came out!

Great Hub!

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Just Ask Susan 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Wow so true!! Great poem but saddens me.

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Rhonda Waits 6 years ago from The Emerald Coast

Such a great poem with so much truth. We can be our own enemy. This one makes us all think...

Great hub. Thanks for writing it.

Sweet wishes Rhonda

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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@Truckstop Sally...I think that will be the "end of the world" as we know it and mankind will be left to start again if he does not eradicate himself first.

@WillStarr...That one goes back a long ways but seemed fitting for the poem. WB

@Just Ask Susan...it is sad to think about but becoming more easy to visualize I am afraid. Thanks for the good words. WB

@Rhonda Waits...I firmly believe that man will destroy himself. Sometimes I find myself wondering if all those other uninhabited planets with poison atmospheres and climates were once reigned over by mankind and that is all that is left to show...and we are the last in the known series of it all. Might make a good movie, huh? WB

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thebluestar 6 years ago from Northern Ireland

OMG Wayne, of all the fantastic material you have written, this one has left the biggest impression on me. How true it is that man is destroying man, but not out of ignorance this time, just plain greed and stupidity. Power has always been a struggle, but now that power has been over taken with an inert will for self preservation. Uncanny. Brilliant Wayne up and up.

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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

"The world has finally lost its mind," you wrote and that's a thought that occurs to me far too often when I view TV headlines and read the latest news.

This is an awesome, scary look at what could be an awesome, scary future. Well done, Wayne.

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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@thebluestar...I answered a question regarding how the world would end and it started me think along the line of what a thin edge that we live on in the world today and then I thought of how keen mankind makes that edge with his differences, selfishness, wants, needs, and desires...it is amazing that we have lasted this long. I am not a purveyor of doom but the margins get slimmer all the time. Thanks for the good words.

@drbj...Yes, sanity winds up in the lost and found. It makes the Mel Gibson Thunderdome movies series seem rather possible, huh? WB

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breakfastpop 6 years ago

Very sad. We are our worst enemy. Voted up and awesome.

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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@breakfastpop...Yes, I felt as if I were writing a Halloween poem as it progressed...but that's not the case. WB

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saddlerider1 6 years ago

Pretty scary thought, did you eat to much chili last night before going to bed:0) woke up with fire and brimstone on your mind. Seriously though my friend, the world is slipping backwards in many areas of our lives.

Our planet is suffering terribly and mankind can end up back in the dark ages. Lights will be out and we will be looking for matches to light our fires in the streets while the wild animals enter for the feast. Good write my fellow scribe.

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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@saddlerider1...you were right on the first guess, Ken...too much chili! Woooo the heartburn! That will open up those channels for you as a writer! LOL! I am trying to break this gloom...just wrote an essay in the same light but not sure if it will make the press. Our world is slipping away from us and too many do not see and I feel totally crazy just making the observation...but I feel it. WB

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BenWritings 6 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee

This is the mindset where I have spent a number of years of my life. Seeing the world as EXACTLY what you have written here.

This is deep, dark, terrifying, and incredible.

The opening 4 lines are my favorite, and they left me no choice but to read the rest of this poem, and love it.

You are a consistently mind-blowing writer/poet

Thank you for that

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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@BenWritings...Thank you! I can cross to the dark side at times but I usually wait for it to take me there as opposed to forcing the issue. You can see more of it in the poems "Gravedigger's Ode" and "Death Clock". Also, in the short story area, you might like "Perdition", "Jack's Last Words", Henry's Last Letter", and the "Conversation Pieces" series. There are nine stand alone installments in that series...much of it dark. In that series I attempt to place myself in the mind of another person and respond in a one-way conversation as they might...it is rather draining but seems to work. It scares some people! LOL! WB

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Amy Becherer 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I see the writing on the wall, Wayne. Honest, raw...with the dread of the prophetic. Brilliantly dark. I hope breakfastpop comes over to read this one, Wayne.

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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@Amy Becherer...I have been in that mode the last couple of days. Maybe it is these annual personnel appraisals that I am writing! LOL! Check out my last one..."Human Factors"...it's along these lines. WB

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dallas93444 6 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

Ingorance is not bliss...

Great article!

Flag up!

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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@dallas93444...It certainly is not as we are finding out rapidly in America. Our "salad days" are behind us now. WB

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Micky Dee 6 years ago

I punched all buttons as usual. I can see all that you're seeing. I love that music! I wish I had a kangaroo to tie down.

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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@Micky Dee...Thanks much Micky. Glad you liked this creation. I appreciate the good words! WB

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gajanis786 6 years ago

An excellent poem once again.....liked it.Thanks.

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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@gajanis786...Thank you...one of my moods! LOL! WB

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