Apocalypse and Chill

Submitted into Contest #60 in response to: Write a post-apocalyptic thriller.... view prompt


Funny Thriller Romance

I look to my left, I look to my right. 

I sit down on the ground.

There is dark, there is night.

There are ashes all around.

I look to the sun

But it is dead

I look to the moon 

But she holds her head

Heavy with words no one wants to say. 

The world ended this morning 

In ways you cannot fathom 

There is no where to go 

No hope in this chasm

And yet a rose blooms.

A rose of hope 

A flower of love

A shining beacon 

A simple white dove

And I dive. 

Death smells like breakfast 

When you have no guts 

I dive towards the gates 

Before those doors become shut 

But as I reach 

I fall

And I lose my gall.

I sit alone once again

Staring at the carcass sun

His crying moon 

And all their children

Stars gone too soon. 

I throw my hands to the empty sky 

I ask the bloody clouds why 

This day was mine

This day to die 

I weep for family 

I sob for friends

My unhappiness

Will know no end 

And yet there is a spark 

Of deep passion 

Blooming like tangled garden weeds 

In the depth of my chest 

Love for a heart that once was mine

Except it wasn’t my actual heart 

I’m trying to be romantic 

And use 

A metaphor. 

Yes even in the middle

Of this catastrophic riddle

I find an urge to giggle 

Because all is not lost 

Until all is literally lost.

I can see my hands 

They’re strong and warm 

In bone structure regards 

They have such a nice form. 

I can see my legs 

All covered in soot 

From the top of my pants

To the heel of my foot.

I can see my face

Because I turned my phone camera on

I look good for post end of the world 

Though a bit like a shredded lawn 

My eyes are chalky 

Like, um, chalk 

I can’t rhyme that well

But don’t you balk 

Because this is my story 

And you chose to read

No one else 

Made you do this deed. 

Where was I then?

Oh yeah, I was in love 

With the legs and the hands 

And the sparkly glitter dove. 

Right so I know now 

That I have courage and crap 

I have confidence and yeah 

I’m a jolly old chap. 

So back to my metaphors

Back to my similies 

Back to my blah blah 

About all this villainy 

Cause yeah the world ended

But come on folks 

Nobody pretended

That folks were immortal

That our Rome wouldn’t fall 

So what did you expect

That we would just all 

Survive the crashes 

The breaks and the falls

The storms and the plagues 

And the hornets and all?

Hey, yeah, no 

But guess what?

I’m still here 

So get out of that rut 

And listen to my rhyme 

About the guys I love the most.

Yeah, you heard it

Yes it’s true 

Some girls like one guy 

I like two 

One’s named Ben 

The other Jerry 

They’re so smooth 

Never hairy 

And another thing about them

They'll never be friend zoned

The way I like them best

Is soft served in a cone

They may be dead 

But in my head

Our late nights 

Home stays 

Never go away 

Yeah and if I find them

That’ll make my day 

They’re pretty sweet 

To say the least 

Some boys are snacks 

But they’re a feast. 

They just melt

If you’re too hot 

Stir that sugar 

In the pot 

I like them

A lot a lot 

This is love 

We’re getting married 

In the parlor 

No one tarried 

To my wedding 

Don’t be late 

Here we eat ice cream

None of that cake. 

Ben and Jerry 

Frozen soulmates 

Sitting in the 

Now broken store 

Ben and Jerry 

In a carton 

Peering out 

The fridge’s door

Gotta save them

Can’t hurry enough 

This day’s already 

Been bad enough 

I have to get around these bodies

The clerks the jerks 

The folks with Audi’s 

Now death smells like

Porta potties 

I round the corner

See the store

I take two steps 

Then one leap more 

Almost to the 

Aisle floor 

Hands are sweating 

Heart is jumping 

I’m so nervous 

Blood is pumping

Pulling out my wallet 

Checking my debit card 

If I can’t get my dairy 

The apocalypse bouta get hard. 

No one else is in this store

I’m the only one so bold 

Well, it could be that 

Or everyone else is just too cold

By cold I mean dead

Like stone cold gone

No amount of money can save you 

No brains over brawn.

In this situation 

You’re out or you’re in

Doesn’t matter who you are 

Who you’ll be or you’ve been 

The end of the world won’t judge

Between the boys and men.

Here I am 

After the fact 

So close to the affection

That I have sorely lacked

Thirteen tubs of ice cream

All stamped with Ben and Jerry 

I almost faint in relief 

Without them my life is scary. 

Never mind the zombies 

Chasing up the street 

Who needs to walk when I can fly 

When I have food to eat 

Look, yes, I was deprimed 

My livelihood stolen 

The apocalypse took a lot 

But dude, I still am rolling

No one can take me

No one can break me 

I am the queen of the land

With a smile on my face 

And a couch underneath 

I’ve got a scoop in my hand. 

Meteors come

Hurricanes go 

Governments fall

And tornadoes blow 

The sun’s funeral is on Monday

The moon will be wearing black

But I’m living in the present 

Cause I can’t bring that back.

Am I sad I will die soon

Or live alone forever

Yeah but also I have hope 

And I never do say never 

Like the small rodent 

That famous Beaver 

I will sing to my baby now 

This sweet two dollar carton

Is gold from heaven’s cows. 

The world may fade

I may not see old age 

But that’s the next chapter

I’m still on this page. 

I had a goal

And I did it! 

I showed my pain 

While they hid it.

And though I hate 

To admit it 

I may go back for more. 

My ever continuing 

Never diminishing 

Post apocalyptic thrilling chase.

September 18, 2020 19:14

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Rhondalise Mitza
19:14 Sep 18, 2020

So I hope you guys aren't lactose intolerant. :) cause this poem was cheesy.


R. K.
19:52 Sep 18, 2020

I think it was cool 🍦:) I absolutely love poetry and have a journal that I write in whenever can. I loved this so much Rhondalise — it was the perfect blend of hilarious giggles and beautiful metaphors swirled into one delicious scoop — awesome work! I hope I'll find the confidence to incorporate my poetry into a story though it's probably won't be as lyrical as yours.


Rhondalise Mitza
20:25 Sep 18, 2020

I'm sure it's beautiful! Thank you for reading, R.K!


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Scout Tahoe
19:58 Sep 18, 2020

Haha I actually love cheese. Just soaking it in. I’m a poet too, and I love how you write your stories/poems. :)


Rhondalise Mitza
20:25 Sep 18, 2020

I love cheese too, obviously. And yay, fellow poets unite!


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Jessie Nice
08:32 Sep 30, 2020

oh no I am lactose intolerant but I'm risking it for this awesome read! A good mix of humour and haunting - well done. :)


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21:18 Sep 18, 2020

HOW ARE YOU SUCH A GOOD POETESS?!?! Like, anytime I write poems, they’re this 100-word thing that sucks. This is amazing and STAYS amazing all 1,000 words! This ‘story’ is such a creative way to capture the prompt...and god, you wrote it fast. Spectacular read, Rhondalise! Keep writing! P. S. I just posted my first story! I’m super excited. Could you pop on over and check it out? Thanks!


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Cal Carson
04:18 Oct 03, 2020

This put a genuine smile on my face, and made me laugh! Thanks so much for that! You are so talented as both a writer and poet, I hope you go far. Great job!


Rhondalise Mitza
04:30 Oct 03, 2020

Thanks so much, Cal! <3


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A. K. Wilson
15:06 Oct 02, 2020

So beautifully written 💗💜 also enjoy good darkstory 😁


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Aafia Hanya
19:25 Oct 01, 2020

woah... beautiful poem.. loved it!!


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13:01 Sep 30, 2020

I laughed at this!!


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Sunny 🌼 🖤
12:25 Sep 26, 2020

Ben and Jerry's, the superior post-apocalypse weapon. I'm not a poetry person at all but there's something about your poems that are so funny and interesting to read. And you seriously got me there with the "Ben and Jerry" joke, and with your title being "Apocolype and Chill"...boy did I GET THE WRONG IDEA. Fun story though, great job!


Rhondalise Mitza
15:37 Sep 26, 2020

Haha I was hoping someone might be a little tripped up by the title and the ben and jerry thing, yeah, so I'm thrilled to hear you liked it and I will most definitely be swinging by later to comment on your stories. I liked them all but didn't get a chance to read most of them. I love your bio, so cute, and the downvoting thing I can explain. So basically if you look next to your name when you write a comment, you can see like a tiny up arrow and a tiny down arrow and people can give you points (to move up on the leaderboard) or they can tak...


Sunny 🌼 🖤
16:19 Sep 26, 2020

Oooooooh! I noticed those little arrows. Well now you can be on the lookout for a heck of a lot of upvotes!


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☆ Ariadne ☆
20:56 Sep 21, 2020

Dang, why are you guys so talented? A writer, now a poet - I wish I could do both. My poetic abilities are...let's not talk about that, shall we? Great story (what else is new?). Waiting for your next story! P.S. Mind checking out my latest story? Thanks! ~Adrienne~


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Avery G.
00:36 Sep 21, 2020

Whoa, this was good! I really love all of your poetry. It's always amazing! Great job!


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Lina Oz
22:47 Sep 20, 2020

I haven't actually seen a poetry submission on this site before, so your submission was such a wonderful one to read! I love the consistent rhythm you've achieved, as well as the unique way you approached this prompt. I don't think I would usually associate "poetry" with "thriller" and yet you've accomplished just that. I'm excited to read more of your work!


Rhondalise Mitza
23:16 Sep 20, 2020

Thank you so very much, Lina! If you liked this poem feel free to check out some of my other ones too. :)


Lina Oz
23:26 Sep 20, 2020

I will definitely do that! Thanks for liking my stories; I really appreciate it! :)


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Mia S
17:47 Sep 20, 2020

I loved how blatantly funny this was; it made me laugh and I enjoyed it just as much as all the serious stories on this website. Great job! If you can, I would love for you to read my submission (or submissions; I might post another one soon) and give me feedback. Only if you want to though :)


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Hriday Saboo
20:25 Sep 19, 2020

Hi 🙋‍♂️ rhondalise. Liked the story a lot. Are you getting downvoted ? Would you mind reading my new story


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Amany Sayed
18:56 Sep 19, 2020

I love this SO much Rhondalise. So much. It made me smile and think and **sigh**, it was just amazing.


Rhondalise Mitza
19:08 Sep 19, 2020

It's my way of contributing to happiness during the pandemic, glad you liked it!


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Batool Hussain
05:38 Sep 19, 2020

Wow! I like this new style, Rhondalise. I simply love poems and no, it wasn't cheesy:) Good job


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Amel Parvez
16:29 Jan 21, 2021

Amazing! The way it flowed, just loved it!


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17:28 Dec 21, 2020

I thought I was the only person on Reedsy who wrote in verse, and now I know I'm not alone! This is amazing, all the talk about the sun and. the moon made me think about the world in a different way... Writing this on the day of the weird planet alignment, BTW. Could you read my verse-story collection? It starts with "Chocolate Kisses" and ends with "John's Tale". I'm gonna write some more that aren't a part of that series, but since people are cheering for more I'll write a new installment soon. Thanks for submitting this!


Rhondalise Mitza
17:49 Dec 21, 2020

Yes! You are definitely not alone in writing in verse! I love that you do it too, that's so cool! I will absolutely check out your stories when I get a chance. I'm running around with all these holidays coming up! Of course I'm not physically running... Or actually leaving the house. COVID doesn't stop for Christmas or anyother holiday :(


22:09 Dec 21, 2020

Sighs... Wished it would go away by easter. Then summer. Then thanksgiving. Then Christmas... But alas, it's still here. Reading Reedsy submissions is one of my only entertainment sources, since I'm pretty sure that I outwatched Netflix.


Rhondalise Mitza
00:16 Dec 22, 2020

have you watched dash and lily??


00:19 Dec 22, 2020

No, I don't think so. What's it about??


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Sidney B.
11:18 Sep 29, 2020

This is so good! Funny, clever, unexpected! I think it would be a better fit for post-apocalyptic romance, instead of thriller. But damn, this is good.


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Jay A
22:34 Sep 19, 2020

This is so good! I love your poetry, Rhondalise. I really missed reading it and reading it again after like two months made me so happy omg!


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Corey Melin
20:53 Sep 19, 2020

Enjoyed it. Made me chuckle with the insanity of a apocalypse. Far out read.


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Natasha Vine
22:28 Sep 18, 2020

Beautiful poem, too good for words.


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