A Report From Earth

The radiation clouds were thicker than normal today, making the few animals that ventured out look like living x-ray films. We knew our time would have to be short on this odd planet, but there were so many questions we had about it’s former occupants. One of the ground crew had found a book, possibly a history book.  It had pictures of how it looked here long ago. It was hard to believe at first, some thought it was fiction. This ‘black marble’ as we called is, was once blue and green.

What had the race of creatures done to this place? Our short period of research here led us to believe that there was once millions of species here. The had nearly extinguished all life here, and on the only planet in this system to have had life. All that remained now were some rather odd creatures that seem to have adapted to this hostile environment. Maybe it was a natural disaster of some kind, on a global scale. We have found no sign of a celestial impact though, leading us to believe that it was likely ‘self inflicted’. A global war maybe? But, what intelligent species would annihilate itself?

The Man

I met an unusual man today

Outside the bank of dreams

He was quite old, and spoke in very low tones

He told me that he knew me

He saw the pathway of my life

But my eyes had never met him before

Hard to see his face, and never caught his name

He said he had a message, my life had better change

This was my last chance

To find and hold on to love

He said I had wasted all of my other chances

Too cavalier in my recent past

But he said there was one more coming

And if I ruined this, well, that was it

I’d live the rest of my life alone

But if I loved, nurtured and treasured

With my true heart

I’d never  see him again

That was fine with me

He did not seem like a friend