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An Occurence at Planet Earth

by Tony Whitaker

A dull slow sun tracks
Inside a grimy bespoke sky
Fueled from furnaces
Of once mighty men now mute
Amid dead nuclear eyes

01/07/2011

Author's Note: A Tanka for a change!

Posted on 01/07/2011
Copyright © 2021 Tony Whitaker

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Clara Mae Gregory on 01/08/11 at 01:24 PM

Well, I love this. Nice.

Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 01/10/11 at 05:26 PM

Thought provoking. I especially like the ring and impact of the last line.

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 01/11/11 at 06:12 PM

I love the understated use of the word "occurrence" in the title. Each line of this has immense weight. Deadly and chilling. Thanks, Tony.

Posted by Scott Utley on 01/12/11 at 01:14 AM

POW! Bang! Wazaam! Ms. Woodhill expresses it best for me when she says every line has immense weight. Distilled perfection.

Posted by Lori Blair on 12/06/11 at 12:41 AM

So strong! I can see the dead eyes..although I know they would go under shelter before we could and be safe...oh gosh! I feel it all unraveling..Excellent!

Posted by A. Paige White on 08/15/12 at 07:13 PM

And what if the occurence was an EMP high above the center of our nation from a nuclear detonation? You've quilled the blind men's cataracts with your poet's mind, my friend.

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