Fiona Burgess

Rookie (22 June 1983 / South Africa)

Vengeance - Poem by Fiona Burgess

Heaven sent forth her angels of vengeance
On a night when the moon was dark
The air was as still as a grave
And the stars shone bright
Challenged only by humanity's lights.
The descended to the earth
Silently and without fanfare
They slipped through locked doors
And open windows
Their destruction was perfect.
The souls they reaped - oblivious
Then, as swiftly as they arrived
They were gone.
Carrying with them sleeping souls
Dreams that would never see the light of day
Leaving behind rotting shells
Narrowed minds and faithless hearts
Husks of decaying morals
None were spared - man, woman, child
Only the earth remained unchanged
Starlight illuminated a shadowy landscape
Highlighted a surging ocean
Complemented seething pits of fire
Challenged not by the now darkened lights of humanity
Only by the vague promise
Of sunlight dancing at the edge of the world.
The angels of vengeance looked upon this and smiled
Satisfaction glimmering in their opaque eyes
The promises had been kept and the dreams were safe
Humanity had fallen, without a single protest
Now they could rest
And the world could live again.

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, September 30, 2007

Poem Edited: Tuesday, April 12, 2011

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