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poetry Modern Plagues

“Chemicals were not the answer,” says the Massachusetts poet Katley Demetria Brown. “They were the cause.”


Modern Plagues

By Katley Demetria Brown

After the seven plagues of modern times

plastic, toxic algae, wildfires, earthquakes, floods, tornadoes and coronavirus

killed the righteous and unrighteous alike

the earth became a wasteland, devastated by global warming and pollution.

No amount of Lysol spray® or Clorox® wipes destroyed the contagion.

Chemicals were not the answer. They were the cause.

Like the angel of death, the plagues flew in the air, flowed in the water and struck unsuspecting victims.

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Even the sign of blood on the door did not save them.

The meek will not inherit the earth.

Instead, it will be the bacteria and the cockroaches.

Katley Demetria Brown was born in New York City and currently lives in Springfield, Massachusetts.  Her work has been published in numerous Internet and print publications, and in the Freshwater Literary Journal 2020, 2021, and 2022.  Climate change is the subject that currently has her attention.