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Epidemic Protocol

Updated on March 5, 2011




Monday morning in New York

The air is polluted with their breath

Commuting in masses to work

Walking in close proximity to death

A man in a business suit coughs

A woman in heels consumes the disease

This is how humanity

was brought to its knees…

Airborne epidemic

don’t cough,

don’t sneeze

Contamination of lungs,

don’t inhale

don’t breathe



Seal off the city!

Gas masks!

Plastic prisons!

It’s spreading so quickly!

Their screams are easily heard from outside of the tents

This abomination is baffling our world’s governments

By modern science and medicine, it seems unaffected

Until the victim’s eyes bleed, it remains undetected

It started with one

Progressed into thousands

Estimated death count

Is approaching the millions

Blood and vomit

Staining the streets

Corpses of victims

Piled in heaps

Protocol must now sadly be followed

Despite protests from the unfortunate pilot

The fighter jet carries its nuclear payload

A soldier’s moral conscience reaches its limit

A flash is seen a hundred miles away

Followed by a delayed, powerful shockwave

Fallout descends from the darkening sky

A dark day in history, they cannot deny

Tuesday evening in Beijing

A child holding his mothers hand

Gets off an airplane, coughing

Won’t this vacation simply be grand?

© copyright Ben D.A 2011


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    • Wayne Brown profile image

      Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

      This verse was akin to some of those epidemic movies I have watched over the years....and the ending just fit! Thanks for sharing. WB

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      BenWritings 6 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee

      Nikki - thanks :D I like those movies too

      Epi - flattered, again, thank you sir!

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      epigramman 6 years ago

      ....yikes!!!!! A doomsday scenario incorporated into the genre of science fiction poetry - and no one 'exploits' the paranoid cinema in my mind better than you Sir Ben!!!

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      Nikki Wicked 6 years ago from Louisiana

      so quickly the disease spreads, i love movies like this. like quarantine and 28 days and 28 weeks later, though not airborne but still basic cause and affect. and any zombie movie. I am legend is a good one too. this was well done!

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      BenWritings 6 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee

      arb - thank you sir, and it's true...death is always near

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      arb 6 years ago from oregon

      last line, verse one. Thinking about it, Just Living walks in close proximity to death. Only a moment seperates one from the other. We simply ignor it's company. I suspect it makes our living easier. Going to the dark forces me to consider the close proximity of death, but, I am here for so short a time and death will have me long enough. You, my friend, entertain them both so well and weave our tragic tale. Job well done!

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      saddlerider1 6 years ago

      Ben the epidemic is already here, it's been Happening in stages, more virus's will come, we have a silent killer in our wake, time is of the essence. The New World Order's newest method to decimate populations.

      The invisible killer, I will share a link with you here, as it has similar patterns, interesting write you did here my friend, get's the message out.

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      I'm all for awareness if it leads to making viable changes. As entertainment, I find it wanting, though. Your style is great for it here. You paint a vivid and realistic scene - not scifi enough, I'm afraid. It's too close to real for comfort. Before laughing too loudly, one should really consider the proximity of such scenes and whether one would think it fun if it came to pass. Frankly - -

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Scary stuff! It could happen.

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      Doug Turner Jr. 6 years ago

      Like the "blood from eyes" imagery. I'm drawn to darker stuff, so this wasn't so shocking for me -- well written, just not so horrific. I think modern humans are simply wired to accept a catastrophic future, and we won't stop until we have it. Armageddon has been sewn into the fabric of our consciousness and we need it to happen.

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      Mentalist acer 6 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      KaBooM...the end in gloom,a story of doom.;)

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      Randy Behavior 6 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Well that was gruesome and spellbinding. Kinda like Poe. Shiver.

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      BenWritings 6 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee

      essi - please indulge ;]

      and keep reading. i would like to see more of your poetry . thank you

      bbnix - thanks for the read

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      bbnix 6 years ago from Southern California

      In my happy little fantasy bubble, I stop it from happening, and in my real world, I work hard to make sure it doesn't.

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      essiheart 6 years ago from Chicago, IL

      I love this one. Definitely a style I used to visit, you make me want to indulge in my darker side once again, haha. Very talented.

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      This would make a great sci-fi movie.

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      Poohgranma 6 years ago from On the edge

      yes - it's was like awesome - but gruesome.

      When I was in grade school the "Godless Communists" were going to blow us up with the A Bomb. They would have bi-weekly drills in which they would have us get under our desks or line up in the hallways and get down on our knees and cover our heads with our arms. (better to bend over and kiss your ass goodbye). There were horrid sirens that would go off, not just at school but in towns and people would practice running to their underground shelters if they had one. Air raid sirens have left a chilling memory and to this day I get half sick when I hear a siren - especially the ones that go off before tornadoes - they sound very similar.

      We may very well come to the end that you've described, or worse as in more widespread. It is a gruesome thought.

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      SeenButNotHeard 6 years ago from Michigan

      Glad to hear you can take disaster with a smile lol or a wicked grin, either one works really xD

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      BenWritings 6 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee

      thank you vietnamvet :]

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      BenWritings 6 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee

      haha this was kind of on a lighter note for me ;]

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      vietnamvet68 6 years ago from New York State

      great write Ben, so powerful like the beginning of the end for mankind.

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      SeenButNotHeard 6 years ago from Michigan

      Wow, this is fast paced and intense, like a horror movie. Makes me think of a situation like in I Am Legend, with airborne toxins and a zombie apocalypse lol I like it :D

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      BenWritings 6 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee


      does that mean you approve?

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      Poohgranma 6 years ago from On the edge