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Friday, 5 July 2013

Final Curtain

“And now, the end is here
And so I face the final curtain…”
How prophetic with this melody
the crooner Frank Sinatra sounds.

It looks as if in a billion years
the heat from the Sun will be so intense,
that the oceans start to evaporate
and no human beings will be around.

The microbes will last a bit longer,
give or take a billion years or two,
then they too will eventually vanish
and the Earth will be devoid of life.

That the extremophiles are stronger
and more resilient than even Superman
is a cause for concern to us mortals
always trying to overcome our strife.

Against the Sun’s rays there’s no shield
and I can’t see what defence we can build
if the flaming star becomes much hotter.
We’d be left with our backs to the wall.

I wouldn’t call it a level-playing field
when tiny organisms have the advantage
and will outlive the rest by a long chalk.
It’d be fairer if the curtain fell for us all.

© Luigi Pagano

Microbes to be 'last survivors' on future Earth

Luigi Pagano is a contributor to Poetry24 and other websites. http://luigipagano.wix.com/poetry


  1. Another fine poem, Luigi; interestingly I was reading an article a few weeks ago about the power of microorganisms and how we are in danger of losing the battle against them as their resistance to antibiotics increases. Perhaps not only will they survive the sun's rays as the earth heats but they'll have beaten us off the planet long before - another poem, maybe?

  2. Thanks Carolyn. Everyday we find articles whose content is contradictory but they are a rich source of inspiration. Another poem? Why not. It's worth thinking about.