Judgment Day



White wraiths across the rocky ground

Like foxes to their burrows.

Run from death’s heralds as they watch

From hidden places

Behind barren trees,

Appear up from the soil,

Black clad figures, ragged robes abrading the ground,

They follow

With skeletal hands outstretched

To snatch life away,

Unforgiving predators chasing pale, flightless birds.



Chase the pill with the bottle,

The needle into the vein.

Fly the high to heaven’s gate

Till hell brings you back again.

From hidden places,

Behind dumpsters and cardboard boxes,

Appear ghosts from fevered dreams.

No life everlasting,

Mortal flesh decaying,

We lay on marble thrones,

As the wind whines through our bones.


*this is what happens when you begin writing a zombie story while listening to Sia’s Loved Me Back to Life.


3 comments on “Judgment Day

  1. bobcabkings says:

    I had to go listen to the song (Sia is new to me. Her voice reminds me strongly of somebody, but I can’t place who right now.) — I think I begin to see how the song, the zombie story, and the striking imagery of the poem fit together. OH! Got it – the voice – Natalie Merchant of 10,000 Maniacs, especiall on the song “What’s The Matter Here” That’s what I heard echos of in memory. Thematically, a connection could be made between the two songs – a child abused and grown and loved.

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    • Huh….You know what? You’re right. I kept trying to figure out what it was that was so familiar and you’re right…It’s Natalie Merchant (love her). I’ve been doing a lot of reading lately, nonfiction and fiction (horror stories) and I suppose something about it all struck a nerve. Definitely some similarities between the two songs.

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  2. bobcabkings says:

    Reblogged this on cabbagesandkings524 and commented:
    Jessica Scott gives a striking poem and spooky

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