When The End of The World Comes

When the end of the world comes

I hope its end comes quickly

A peaceful crossing in the night

In the half winking of an eye

Before pain can assert itself

Swiftly, that the trees may know no laborious

Exhalation of oxygen

No death rattle in their leaves

No long artificial winter

Simply here one moment and gone the next

In the years long past all we know

When we have become the ancients

Free of blame’s burden

Like the dinosaurs

Not that anyone will remain to notice

But let us have a few moments

Of peace before then

Time to learn more

To live better

To care for the verdant world around us

Obeying that greatest and most simple of

Commands, yet the hardest to live

—to love one another


©2020 Lenny Wells

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