This seems poignant now. I wrote it a few years ago. Blue Sky, or, Requiem for a planet? Speak now…

  • The world carried on as if nothing had happenedIMG_20190920_182603970.jpg

Just like the day my brother died.

He was young, a teenager; that morning he was alive; by the evening, he was gone

I was waiting for something as bland as my carpets to be cleaned

Do not let this happen to you

Yes, I know you must make money

And then what?

My father died 26 years later

It was after an optimistic April

The afternoon was strewn with hopeful clouds

Much like today

Nothing appeared different

Except it was-

For instance, it isn’t April;

The sky was blue though

Oh so confusingly blue;

I think Yoko Ono would like that line;

I wonder, do you think she can see John’s epic Sci Fi song, Imagine in all this; as I do; when I’m feeling optimistic? because some people are paying attention-

And yet not everyone-

To some people a death is only important if it is happening to them.

Hemingway and Donne knew differently,

Did you notice how the sky was so blue in every climate-strike video?

Much the same as in April. Except it isn’t April. No. It is September-

In April he was alive, lively and wishing me a happy birthday.

From the affable style of his writing-

Artistic, arching, optimistic even…a letter, penned in April, full of allegory; true-

But I opened it in May…

Published by hermionelaake contributing editor O:JA&L

Currently, whist working on long fiction, I write short stories, poetry, essays and blog weekly. I appeared on Blog Talk Radio, 2016, interview across continents with Susan Wingate. See my twitter account: herziloph, pinned tweet; Award nominee, Jointly-published and Indie writer. Nominated for the Avon and Authonomy First Lines prize, 2014 and the H. G. Wells Grand Prize for Fiction, 2013. My flash fiction is published with Open: Journal of Arts and Letters.


A blog that practices involved philosophy.

Emotion Doodles

Children's book illustrator & writer

Social artist

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