TOXICITY

by Fin Hall

DARKNESS DESCENDS, THE STREETS ARE FOREBODING

HOODED GANGS PROWL

DIM LIGHTS HIDE SHAPES IN THE SHADOWS

THE TOXIC CITY WAKES

MASKS ABOUND

AROUND CLOSED SHOPS AND STORES

FEW CARS EMIT POLLUTING GASES

AND STRANGERS, EYES DOWN

PASS EACH OTHER. 

WINTER DRAWS NEAR

THE FEAR STILL LINGERS

THE YEAR HAS BEEN LIKE NO OTHER

THE BODIES PILED UP

THE LONELINESS HAS EASED

BUT MEMORIES

AH MEMORIES

REMEMBERING WHEN THINGS WERE FINE

WHEN WE ALL LIVED TOGETHER

TRUSTING

RIGHTLY OR WRONGLY  

NOT NOW,

ITS CHANGED

THE WORLD IS STRANGE

THE FUTURE REMAINS BLEAK

AS WE SEEK

ANSWERS 

ANSWERS WHICH AREN’T THERE 

BECAUSE LEADERS DIDN’T CARE

EGOS GOT IN THE WAY SANITY

AND MANY SUFFERED 

THE TOXIC CITY PREPARES

 

FOR A LONG, DARK WINTER.