Issue 20 – Empty Planet

lockdown’s final cough
planet home to skeletons
no more suffering

By DS Davidson


No hands left to tend
those turbines making the light
slowly going dark

By David Edwards


The Empty Bottle
By Mark Hudson

After the war I wore a frown,
everything was like a ghost town.
Somehow, I miraculously survived,
but somehow, I feel deprived.

I go into a gas station,
a skeleton sits in meditation.
a dead cigarette in his hand,
did this happen across the land?

I walk into an empty bar,
where the front door remains ajar.
A skeletal bartender is frozen, posing
You no longer have to worry they’re closing

Skeletons passed out on the floor,
“you can have another drink, but only one more.”

Thousands of bottles of liquor to choose,
what would it hurt if i had a little booze?
I open the cash register and there is cash,
I greedily add it to my stash.

Below the counter is a 44,
I take it; he won’t need it anymore.
The gun just might come in handy,
if I get too wasted on this brandy.

Am i really the only one left?
Is the world that I see it really this f’d?
Well for some reason, i’m, the last man,
I think I better come up with a plan!


cosmic wave
irradiates Earth
empty shells
silent streets echo
life reduced to dust

By DJ Tyrer

The loudest sound, I wonder,
on a planet empty of
human civilization…
possibly rolling thunder?

By David Edwards


By Harris Coverley

the sun is a dot
a fragment of senseless light
meant for nobody

seas are but puddles
ammonites poking up through
those fatal waters

the dirt rolls listless
the last weeds wait for primping
that will never come

full skeletons bleached
their owners have fled by wind
the land is their grave

the grey dust gathers
in the corners of the Earth
the hourglass is turned


Sunrise on another
of its humanless dawns,
casting forlorn shadows
upon lifeless homes, their
vacant windows reflect
(futilely for no one)
mountains of unraked leaves…
jungles of unmown lawns.

By David Edwards

probe returns to Earth
humanity’s descendants
images of dust

By Aeronwy Dafies