#100poeticanswers 6: Who Will Live On Earth After Humans Die Out?

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March 19, 2017 by Sez

Today’s question comes from Lucia. The idea of there being a time when there are no more humans used to fascinate me as a child. I suppose it still does.

Perhaps only the creatures we call pests:

The ones who’ve learned how to survive our mess.

The pigeons and the coakroaches and rats

Will live in peace in our abandoned flats

And houses. And when aliens arrive

And say “we’re glad to see you’re still alive!

We watched all of the times you went to war

Why is it you don’t do that any more?

What is it that brought peace into your nations?”

The rats will say “We had an infestation.

Of humans! Ugh! They made an awful mess

But now they’re gone, and there are no more pests.”

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