“New World”

open your eyes
slow, deliberate breaths
air too thick and heavy
your limbs alien appendages
unwieldy as you awaken

seventeen years of slumber
to awaken in an alien world
cobalt and verdigris
russet and crimson
colors so vibrant assault your vision

decay smells sweet
a reminder of your abandoned home
life assaults the senses
as these blossoming fields
sway with your new world’s breath


Written in response to this week’s Meeting the Bar challenge over at d’Verse Poets, which was to write a poem that evokes another world, or takes an alien’s look at our own.

3 thoughts on ““New World”

  1. 17 years…wow..that’s a long time…and even though they would awaken in the same world, it would be an alien world by then after such a long time..i esp. like the blossoming fields swaying with new world’s breath…there’s much hope in this

  2. I can’t imagine that, it’d be so weird. I know it’s a theme in several sci-fi movies, especially my fave Alien. It must be so weird. But then people wake from comas, though 17 years is a long time. The world would feel like it was new, wouldn’t it, just as you describe here. And weird too, since so much history would have passed and people you knew and loved had moved on or become very different. That’s an interesting line about the decay smelling sweet. I enjoyed the this very much.

  3. interesting…can you imagine waking up after so long…muscles having not been used it would itself be a shock to the senses…but then in an alien world…i wont lie, it excites me a bit…haha…of course this also works for coma patients…just thought of that..

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