Mark I. Kirkmeyer

IMPENDING DOOM

It’s back – that feeling;
Something is wrong
It’s close
Within a year
Or two

It’s visited before
Through the millennial change
I could place it then
Accompanied by fear
Of heights

No fear of heights
I close my eyes
Flames rush across mind’s eye
Kill teams wait
Rescuers

Oh, yes I’ve seen it before
Middle East, Africa, South America,
Even here in the home of the free
Flies buzzing around decaying flesh
Horsemen

The onslaught of false prophets
Jihad, crusade, it doesn’t matter
Killing in God’s name
For what… Land, Riches,
Paradise?

How can a man filled with violence,
Ever experience paradise?
Any number of eternal virgins…
Women who will tease but not please
Torture