ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

message in a broken bottle

Updated on March 6, 2013

...

it happened today


I found the prophecy

an obituary

wrapped inside a fortune cookie


the sun rose differently this day

the newspapers were all shouting dooms day

I didn't hear the birds sing this morning

just one scared voice stuttering


there were whisperings of it

in sleepy hollow hallways of darkened private bathrooms

they were coming


death

danced upon their breath

their tongues of dead carcasses

marching to vulture carrion

death was coming

in their step

steel toed boots and heal

clicking like a time clock

time bomb

lit fuse

we knew


we heard the whisperings upon the wings of truth and fear

there were signs of it in autumns rustling winds

winter

was spelled upon her leaves

falling slowly

through the strongest branches of the wisest weeping willows

the owls didn't blink

the mocking birds paranoia

was speaking clearly today

there was no stutter

no stare off into space

no tongues tied

their wings shined

flashing SOS with mirrors and mime

it was just a matter of time


we saw the handwriting on the wall

but we did nothing

nothing at all

we just hoped it would all go away

but it stayed

we didn't feed it, but it grew

now we all sign with blinking eyes

trying not to leave a clue

but their vision like glue

they see all of you


they see everything


the whisperings grew louder... with metal in it's voice

it was coming

and none of us knew

where to hide

first the cell phones didn't work

some thought it was all in our head

then the radio and electricity

they all went dead

the sound of static filled the land

what
why

who
we never knew

people were disappearing


We were all getting sick, some got sicker

while the makers of vaccines became rich

then got richer


filed in line like all good cattle do

gave us our shots and bid us adieu

while the scientists kept twisting the strands of DNA

the media looked the other way


we were all looking somewhere else

they were here all along

watching

waiting

patiently

in secret


today the atheists are praying

the christians are questioning

and the muslims are disappearing

everyone is in the dark

gasping for breath


our worst nightmare come true


my last scribbles

on these torn pages

my last fingerprints

upon this earth

stuffed in a bottle


who ever you are

whoever finds this

let everyone know the truth


they're coming...


they're coming...


Oh God

NO

They are here

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • SiberianWolf profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric T. Shortridge 

      5 years ago from MidWest

      Thanks blaise... sorry I haven't been around to reply to comments :( ugh Hoping to see you around soon

    • SiberianWolf profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric T. Shortridge 

      5 years ago from MidWest

      Thanks so much Deborah... that means alot to me... I'm hoping to be visting here more often...got off track for a bit

    • profile image

      Deborah Sexton 

      5 years ago

      Your poetry is very nice and really deep

    • blaise25 profile image

      Fehl Dungo 

      5 years ago from close to you...

      Wow! Trying to catch my breath here. You moved me from the start to finish. The world has become worse. I think I need a hero.

    • SiberianWolf profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric T. Shortridge 

      5 years ago from MidWest

      Thanks Mhatter... always appreciate your support... i hope you are feeling better and staying warm these days... Peace

    • Mhatter99 profile image

      Martin Kloess 

      5 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. As you know, I am in bad shape; So this was painful, frightening and welcoming at the same time.

    • SiberianWolf profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric T. Shortridge 

      5 years ago from MidWest

      Thanks Eman... always great to find a new face here... appreciate your time and words my friend. Yes... I feel ya on the dark place... indeed... it's such a shame cause we all know it doesn't have to be... in the end, I think we all need to hope... that once the darkness ends, the sun will rise again

      Hope your staying warm this cold winter... thanks again

    • SiberianWolf profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric T. Shortridge 

      5 years ago from MidWest

      Thanks so much Debbie... always honored when you visit my side of the pond :) yes... a sad situation today... once upon a time this would be pure fiction... too close to home nowadays :(

      Hope you are well my friend

    • The original Eman profile image

      The original Eman 

      5 years ago from london

      This is brilliant mate. Every line was written with grace and honesty and I could so feel so much fear as the sudden realization hits me that the world is becoming such a dark place. Voted up

    • Deborah Brooks profile image

      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Oh My .. the breath has just being taken out of me.. You are a master at this.. I love it.

      it sounds like almosty what is going on now days or to be soon here..?

      blessings to you

      sharing

      Debbie

    • SiberianWolf profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric T. Shortridge 

      5 years ago from MidWest

      Thanks so much Wayne... always good to see you again :) Hope you are well and staying warm these cold winter days

    • wayne barrett profile image

      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Another brilliantly written piece. Voting up.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)