12
Jan
09

if you have not selected a spirit animal by sundown, one will be selected for you

We left lives of comfort for the cruelty of a gypsy existence.
We stored away resources and tried to warn those close to us.
We suffered ridicule, but forgave our tormentors before they were even
done speaking.
Because when the things we foresaw finally came to pass,
We were the only ones prepared.

The abandoned world greeted us with reptile indifference
As we wintered in shells of old apartment buildings,
department stores,
houses of worship,
And remarked how quickly they were falling into decay.
Water was scarcer than even our most pessimistic projections;
Our numbers fell by nearly half.

And when competing factions surrounded us,
With greater numbers,
And better tools,
We fought those who would have us join their group
As inferiors under their laws.
We hid the children away for the fight
Knowing that if we lost, they’d be absorbed into our opponents’ ranks.
And hoped that if the worst happened,
They’d remember us
And tell our story amongst each other in the dark.

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