Fallout: A Collection of Poems

Fallout: A Collection of Poems


The bomb dropped taking us by surprise 
Nobody headed the warnings
Nobody listened to the cries
We’ve all survived but the scars will remain 
Cut deep into memory.
On the morning after we went outside 
To stare at the ruins of our house
Brother and sister delved deep into the damage 
Finding a ripped photograph.
The picture is all we have left to look at 
Memories crushed beneath rubble and regret 
A family in two trapped behind burnt paper 
Happy but oh so sad.
Mother snatches one half 
And father takes the other
Left standing there I can’t help but cry 

For the fire continues to rise.

About The Author

Sam Barrowcliffe

I am nineteen years old and will begin studying English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Warwick in September. Since starting at Mouthing Off as Creative Writing Editor, I have written and published a number of short stories and can’t wait to share even more. My favourite genres are horror and science – fiction and I take great inspiration from the likes of Rod Serling, Charlie Kauffman, H.P Lovecraft, Christopher Nolan and Phillip K. Dick. In the future, I hope to follow my dream of becoming a professional screenwriter and novelist, following in the footsteps of my idols. I look forward to publishing even more fiendish tales and I hope people will continue to enjoy reading them, as much as I have writing them!

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