She looked at the ground. It was the first remains of civilisation she had seen in a few days. It wasn’t much, just pieces of what was once someone’s house she supposed. She looked through it to see if there was anything worth salvaging. Not finding much, she then scanned the area to see if there was anything else nearby, such as possible signs of other people.
Taking her pack off, she grabbed her water bottle and took a drink. Her pack was getting heavier from all the abandoned smartphones she had found and, for some reason, kept. She wondered how many others were left since the cataclysm. Those last days had been utterly terrible. Not in their wildest dreams had they expected Pokémon Go to bring about the collapse of civilisation…
A few years ago I watched an interview with Norman Mailer about a book he had written. I can’t say I’ve ever read any of his works, but the interview intrigued me. He was talking about how Christianity regarded Jesus as the Son of God, who also happened to be a man, but his book was about Jesus the man, who also happened to be the Son of God. I thought this an interesting shift of perspective and a short time later I wrote this poem utilising this idea, with a touch of Monty Python’s Life of Brian thrown in…
I’d like to say here I’m not trying to make fun of people’s beliefs, I’m just exploring an idea, as I do…
This poem was originally published in JAAM, and first appeared on this blog in April 2018.
All around her was wasteland. Kali’s mouth felt like sandpaper, there had been no water for several days. The hot dry wind whipped the rags of her clothes. She walked forwards and then collapsed. Everything went black.
Kali awoke. She was lying in a hut. She tried rising, but felt dizzy. A woman came over giving her a bowl. Kali drank the soup deeply. After so long it felt nourishing.
“You were near death when we found you.”
“Where am I?”
“In our village. You can stay as long as you want.”
Kim had been walking for a long time when she saw several tall structures in the distance. It was the first sign of human civilisation she had seen for a while. As she got nearer, she found they were standing among the tall grasses abandoned. She wondered how they had got here, what they were for, and why they had been left there. She was surprised by how tall they were and decided to climb up one to get a good view.
When she got to the top, instead of seeing the expected panorama of wilderness, she instead saw towns and roads full of activity. Surprised, she went back down the ladder but found as soon as she did, the vision disappeared and there was just wasteland around her again. She returned to the top and observed the thriving townships below, desperately wishing she could be a part of it.
I was meant to be working on part 13 of my story tonight (I told myself to do 1000 words tonight) but my attention has been waylaid by the fact that Netflix here has finally made season 4 of The 100 available here. To be honest it may have been available for a while, but I only just noticed it today. So I am currently binge-watching it.
If you don’t know The 100 is a science fiction show set after a nuclear apocalypse. Basically it’s about a group of people trying to survive in a hostile environment. The people living in space stations survived by joining all the space stations together. The show begins around 97 years after the apocalypse. They send down 100 young people to see if conditions are survivable down on Earth as there are issues happening with the space station. The 100 encounter humans down there who somehow survived the radiation from the apocalypse. In the three seasons I’ve watched they’ve made alliances and had wars with various different clans and a murderous group of people who survived in a fallout shelter. The space station ended up re-entering the atmosphere and so a few of The 100 were reunited with their parents and friends. One thing I liked was that Clarke, one of The 100, ended up having a relationship with Lexa, the Commander of the 12 Clans. Sadly Lexa was killed and I’m still a bit upset about that.
In season four it turns out a lot of the world’s nuclear reactors have started to go into meltdown which will push the radiation levels up so high no one will be able to survive it. It will be interesting to see how they solve this problem.
So I guess I’ll see you all again in a couple of days…
Question: What TV shows are you watching at the moment?