Sunday, 27 March 2016

2040

There are giant radioactive crocodiles
in the Aghoule channel which
separates Moneystown Island from
the Isles of Carrig. We survive
on what we can grow,
eggs from the hens,
honey from the bees,
and avoid the dangerous shallows
where the crocodiles hide,
waiting for the careless or carefree.
We have peace. The crocodiles
keep the others away.
It's not a big island.
Two miles across. One mile wide.
The sheep are long eaten.
We set traps for birds.
No fish. Radioactive.
Recycling the clothes of yesteryear.
Semi- tropical now, no need for heating.
Four years left, maybe five.
Listen to the honeybees.
They don't care.
Sweet, sweet honey.
Sweet, sweet bees.

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