Holiday From Hell

by | Dec 20, 2009 | Poetry | 0 comments

Sheer bliss,
wish you were here,
I text on Christmas day
to members of my family
back home.

Next day
laid on the beach
I lift my glass and toast
‘Another day in paradise’
Sheer bliss

But then,
somewhere out there,
a gigantic landslip
at the bottom of the ocean.

the tsunami,
a huge wall of water
decimating all in its’ path.

Beach bars,
buildings, boats, cars,
the great palms that swayed
so gently in the balmy breeze.
All gone.

My fate?
I’m swept along
atop this great maelstrom,
crushed by mountains of debris. Aaahhh,
the pain.

Then calm,
a pause in time.
Such deafening silence
before realisation turns to

So numb,
limbs senseless now.
Though the sun shines fiercely,
warmth slowly ebbs from my body,
so cold.

Days pass,
still mayhem here,
as the sleek silver bird
wings my shattered corpse to England,
to home.


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