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Poem About The End Of The World

Updated on June 19, 2013

The End Of The World (As We Know It)

I just received a phone call
It brought me awful news
"The world will end this Wednesday!
Put on your Sunday shoes..."

I visited my neighour
His calendar to borrow
And calmly checked the dates to find
This Wednesday was tomorrow

I strolled back round to my place
And called the number back
I asked "Quite how sure are you?"
And heard "It's solid fact"

I went into my study
Began to write a list
Of things I wanted one last time, and
Old times passed I'd missed

I placed them all in order
Of which I wanted most
And found the first I had to do
Was make a slice of toast

It took a little longer
Than I first thought that it would
But after 16 burned attempts
I ate it. It was good.

The time was late, the list was full
With so much left to do
I ticked the first thing off, and then
Moved on to number 2

And as I picked a novel
(For "Read a book" was next)
I noticed it was midnight -
This truly left me vexed

What time would it be ending?
I still had things to do...
Alas, the world exploded
I'd just read chapter 2


Why This Poem?

This poem was written in response to Phillydreamer's challenge: The Final Days On Earth

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      Valleypoet 5 years ago

      Very funny, enjoyed reading this. Voted up!!

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      Patty Kenyon 5 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      Awesome Poem!! Funny and Entertaining!!

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      John Crowley 5 years ago from Sheffield

      :) thanks kindly

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      kjforce 5 years ago from Florida

      writeyourwrongs...very good..funny your realized too late that the end was near..perhaps we should make our bucket list earlier in life, so we are more prepared....enjoyed your poem..

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      John Crowley 5 years ago from Sheffield

      Thanks folks. Your support keeps me fueled :-)

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      Jennifer Stone 5 years ago from the Riverbank, England

      Another great poem writeyourwrongs, voted up and stuff! Jen

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      HL Keeley 5 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      I am seeing a theme in your poems...which you commented above about killing expectations.

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      John Crowley 5 years ago from Sheffield

      Pleased you saw the funny side. It is however completely possible that chapter 3 may exist in the new world, only not as we know it. It could be found in a whole new context, and might be read without ever the knowledge being possessed that it is actually such chapter... just a bit of food for thought

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      Ghost32 5 years ago

      The real bummer is that now you'll have to reincarnate, ever searching for Chapter 3, vaguely dissatisfied and restless yet unable to consciously pin down the reason. You'll begin searching through every vast library in your half-vast new world, but since it IS a new world (the old one having exploded), the exact Chapter 3 you're seeking will not exist in that place or on that planet.

      The gods are cruel.

      Voted Up and Funny, at least to me. :)

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      Jose Velasquez 5 years ago from Lodi, New Jersey

      You are very devious.

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      John Crowley 5 years ago from Sheffield

      Partially yes. I think my main thoughts were that the assumptions/expectations set by the poem point to the tasks being meaningful but as ever, I like taking expectation and then shattering it into a thousand pieces.

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      Jose Velasquez 5 years ago from Lodi, New Jersey

      Man that sucks! You didn't even get to finish the book. What was your reasoning behind these two task, is it to show how we time on such frivolous things?