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Something Bad

Something Bad

Something bad is coming
Worse than any Grand Funk Railroad Reunion Concert
Worse than watching a full episode of Meet the Kardashians
With all commercials included.

I not only have read about it
I can feel it
So much more bothersome than
Hay fever in May.

It’s the Universal Fender Bender
Havoc beyond compare
It’s Universal Affliction and Ruination
Heavyweight and high-profile kind of stuff.

This universe is dumb
So much stupider than the armadillos that get hit by my little Fiat
This universe is worse than any teen age driver
Not watching where it goes
Or what is coming down the road.

Ten to the ten to the ten to the ten and more universes out there
Outnumbering all the cable channels both regular and High Def
More numerous than all the cockroaches in all the cities on the East Coast
Going any which way they please
Not planning ahead
Or working with the AAA or the highway safety department

More universes than every single observation ever made by every single person
More than every single argument between all the married couples
In all countries
On all existing planets
In all existing galaxies.

Each time you think of a possible universe, it exists!
Unless we all stop thinking there will be more and more and more.

Each universe moving
Some fast
Some even faster
Some inches apart from each other
Concealed behind some hidden dimension
About to turn the corner at full speed.

There’s a collision
A crash
About to occur
Every universe distracted
As if they are texting away
Following their own set of laws
Without regard for any right of way.

There’s a smash-up coming up
Sooner than later
One universe piles into another
With one of those universes being ours in particular
The one that I live in.

I am scared
I know that adding a shoulder harness to my office chair
is not going to be enough.

I am terrified
I cannot figure out
as I make my last will and testament
who I can leave the house and dog to.

Today, tomorrow or maybe later
It is sure to happen
All my plans for no purpose
All my purposes to no point
I panic
Abandoning all my activities
Crawling into the attic
Taking a pen
A flashlight
And a notebook
And wondering
If there is any new thought
I can have that might make this all better
Without creating
One more
Damn reckless

–Zumwalt (2011)


Comments on: "Something Bad" (14)

  1. I like the collision/blending of the sublime with the mundane.

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  2. I like it. I feels like my life right now. You’ve expressed it much better than I could have.

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    • happeningsonchaosranch,

      Thanks for the feedback! Appreciate it!

      For me, this poem is about the literal message (universal collision) and the unknown threat of all the potential impending disasters from a dumb “cause and effect” Newtonian universe, plus the subtext of our own thoughts somehow bringing bad things (as well as good things) into play.

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  3. mareymercy,

    Thanks! Yes, collision seems the appropriate word! Seems that there is a collision/blending between the important (I guess the loss of our universe is as important as it gets) and the trivial.


  4. Hi,

    Am amazed reading what you’ve written, parts of it, sound like I’m talking to myself without the physics, was just wondering who are you? An alien?

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  5. theunopenedbottle,

    Thanks so much for the feedback! Anyone reading this should check out theunopenedbottle’s poems. Just click on the word “theunopenbottle” before the word “said:” above. Quite an amazing number of truly excellent poems!

    I am also very impressed with mareymercy’s poems. Just click on the link in mareymercy’s name in the associated comment.

    It is such a privilege to be the adminstrator for this zumpoems site, posting new and old Zumwalt poems that I get via email. One real benefit is getting to read so many great poems that I find from clicking on the names of the commenters. If you love poetry, you must check these above poets’ sites!


  6. you are a truly talented writer, the way you bring to life your words is just increadible, im so glad you came to my blog, or else i would have never found your amazing poetry..
    :-)..thank you

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  7. Something good is coming, another poem from you !

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  8. i have read your poems on this page they are very nice well done keep up the good work.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. 4valentines4words4poetry4you,

    Thanks much!


  10. So much stupider than the armadillos that get hit by my little Fiat

    loved the poem (~_~) this line reminded me of the song ‘the armadillo jackle’ by Rober Earl Keen… funny stuff, trying to run over ‘dillos’ for money cause they make great boots.

    any way loved this poem, inspirational

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  11. a roller coaster of calamity-funny!

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