(from the upcoming novel A New Earth — The Apocalypse Locus)

(Pre-order )

continued from :

Aspen had skipped Aberash’s sermon. She was all the way down at the other end of the beach by herself, in a similar lagoon, surrounded by the same glow. Holding her arms out, she…

A Tale of Two Economies

By now, some of us have began to realise that our economic system is responsible for the totality of the mess our planet is in: natural destruction, accelerating mass extinction, exploitation and inequality, and deterioration of physical and mental health. In fact, all of the above are necessary ingredients of…

The cloud started its life small:

a tiny grey blemish in the sky,

completely unaware of its own malignancy.

As it sat lonely at the backside of the mountain,

it became used to being fed by humans,

just like a butcher’s dog.

It never rained,

not even moved.

Just sat…

Spawned into abundance

offspring of a wealthy family

you were cursed with a cognitive malfunction

gorging on your mother’s unlimited milk

as she cleaned up after your messes.

And then the wind changed

Covered in your own filth,

you watched the earth burn

you saw your cities melt

like sandcastles…

It is here,

where two bitter rivals once declared a truce.

Digging into their permanent trenches,

they put down their weapons long ago,

nonchalantly resigned to a treaty

neither of them care for anymore.

Because this is where the sea gave up trying,

leaving its last breath on the shore.

You built your lonely castle in the dark,

crafted in complete silence,

as you patiently labored

a lifetime’s work in anonymity.

You aged gracefully,

letting time encroach,

carve its scaffolds on your fortress.

Until one day,

Long after you died,

your castle was thrusted out into the spotlight,

washed up…

George Tsakraklides

Author, podcaster, scientist, documenting our system failure. Photographic Heart, Disposable Earth, Age of Separateness, Becoming Imperfect.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store