Goodbye – Freya Turton

We did not know what to do with this black day

My name is Freya Turton, and I’d like to submit an original poem into the “Voices” competition. I’m fourteen years old and have always loved reading and writing, but have only recently found a new passion for poetry.


Twenty-four hours of darkness passed

As the sombre sun decided at last

That his rays were not as bright, as vast

As they once had cast

He took it upon himself to not ask

Whether we wanted nor needed to bask

He tried to hide, he tried to mask

And at last, he completed his task

We humans

We withered away

We did not know what to do with this black day

Some tried to carry on

Some did

And some were far gone

It was the hopers

Who hung and clung

Onto the new morning sun

To remind them of what was to come

And to which the morning birds sung

It was the hopers

Who went first

The just-couldn’t-copers;

They were left unquenched of their thirst

It was the families

Who looked forward

To cozy nights indoors

Who gave the kids rewards

Every time they managed and scored

It was the families 

Who tried

for their daughters and sons

But once the little ones died

The parents— 

They let down their lungs

It was the teenagers

So careless and free

Whose brains were not yet developed enough to see

Or to understand the fee

It was the teenagers

Who had to take responsibility;

Drew war paint across their faces and fought

Who dug themselves up into war

And survived through the impossibility

But now that was history

And the Earth was choked on mystery

For the sun had died

There was no light

And the world was devoid of simplicity

Despite the extinction of humanity.

Freya Turton

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