One song I often turn to for a little waking up is called "How Far We've Come" by Matchbox 20. It's up-tempo. It's loud. It's singable. And it's about the end of the world.
Where exactly am I going with this? Well there seems to be a small sub-genre of poetry that I enjoy--poems about the end of the world. Not sure why I enjoy these poems. I'm sure a psycho-analyst would have a field day with that one. But that's not why I'm here. I'm here to share some good "End of the World" poems with you. Now, I have to admit, there aren't many that I can find, but here are the ones I enjoy.
My favorite has to be this one, by Stanley Kunitz...
Miss Murphy in first grade
wrote its name in chalk
across the board and told us
it was roaring down the stormtracks
of the Milky Way at frightful speed
and if it wandered off its course
and smashed into the earth
there’d be no school tomorrow.
A red-bearded preacher from the hills
with a wild look in his eyes
stood in the public square
at the playground’s edge
proclaiming he was sent by God
to save every one of us,
even the little children.
“Repent, ye sinners!” he shouted,
waving his hand-lettered sign.
At supper I felt sad to think
that it was probably
the last meal I’d share
with my mother and my sisters;
but I felt excited too
and scarcely touched my plate.
So mother scolded me
and sent me early to my room.
Read the rest of this poem here. As with so many end of the world poems, it's the ending that seals it.
Even though there aren't a ton of this type of poem out there, here are some more you might enjoy...well maybe poems about the end of the world aren't "enjoyable" per se, but you know what I mean:
- "Update on the Last Judgement" by Ellen Hinsey
- "When the World Ended as We Knew It" by Joy Harjo
- "A Song on the End of the World" by Czeslaw Milosz
- "The End of the World" by Archibald MacLeish
- "Fire and Ice" by Robert Frost
- "The end of the world" by Miroslav Holub
- "The Powwow at the End of the World" by Sherman Alexie
- "The End of the World" by Erica Jong
- "Disappointments of the Apocalypse" by Mary Karr
Maybe there are some more out there that I'm missing. Please let me know. And enjoy the mix.