It had been a very dry long hot summer
everybody was glad it was cooler
the end of August rapidly approached
and the new school term neared
there was only one main road in and out
of the town suffering a drought!
Tempers were fraying as water dried up
then the earth tremor struck
shaking every property in the township
windows and crockery shattered
on the main road a wide crack appeared
in Jenson panic reared!
In fact the residents were now trapped
it ran the whole length
of main street and seemed to be deep
rising from its depths
a pungent vapour rose out copiously
with a deadly potency!
At the rear on one side a fast flowing river
on the opposite side a high cliff
wedging the town in a gap like a Sandwich
a few miles down the road
stood the aging nuclear research facility
with them a mutual animosity!
Towns folk began to become ill collapsing
and mutating zombie like beasts
but not everyone seemed to be affected
and a small group had to hide
as the a babbling growing group searched
as on a roof survivors perched!
None of the few knew why at this moment
they had not been effected
by the rising the poisonous spreading gas
below in the street butchery
their once friends ripped each other apart
from here must quickly part!
Luck or providence this side an easier option
though the river was fast
wild as it smashed violently onto jagged rocks
at least it was low down
not a sheer cliff face to climb hundreds of feet
no way would they admit defeat!
Trying not to make any sound entered a shop
through a skylight window
dropping into the sports department of a store
gathering what they needed
making a quick exit as the mutants entered
as these thing got more demented!
The vapour was quickly replacing the clean air
tying scarves around their mouth’s
with ropes and life jackets headed for the water
time a luxury not granted
the girls were braver entering the cold water
now or never could not falter!
As they were swept along glancing back observed
the mutants on the river bank
as the vapour had now obliterated Jenson town
but their bodies were pounded
onward down to the quieter slow running part
four from the water did depart!
One was lost swept away unable to stay afloat
yet though the surroundings
were clear the winds direction could change
there may well be an epidemic
of unimaginable magnitude they had to warn
before mankind it did spawn!
But now the wind had deviated towards the city!
The Foureyed Poet.