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CONCRETE-EATING PLANTS

Poetry By: Philip Roberts
Science fiction



SF poem inspired by the writings of Dean Koontz.


Submitted:Feb 9, 2011    Reads: 37    Comments: 0    Likes: 0   


An expedition
Lands on a verdant planet
Where only plants live,
No animal life exists
Except for basic insects.

The humans begin
Building concrete dome dwellings
To study the plants,
Inside they feel safe although
The plants grow across their domes.

For a year or more
The plant life proliferates
Growing on the domes,
But the expedition feels
Safe within their airtight world.

Then the first small cracks
Begin to show in the walls
Of the concrete domes,
At first hairline cracks only
Then cracks as thick as human arms.

Before the humans
Can evacuate the domes
Roofs begin to fall,
The first domes cave in upon
The people trapped within them.

Hundreds die in days
Dome after dome collapses
Killing all inside,
Scientist, wives, and children
Die before help can arrive.

Later teams begin
To search among fallen domes
To locate the cause,
All they discover are plants
Vines as thick as human limbs.

Concrete-eating vines
That burrow up through the ground
To devour concrete,
Weakening the inner walls
Until they came crashing down.

Now expeditions
Build domes of perma-plastic
To defeat the vines,
But how long will they survive?
How long will they endure for?

Will concrete-eaters
Adapt themselves again 'til
They can eat plastic?
If so, how long have we got
Till the walls cave in again?

THE END
© Copyright 2011
Philip Roberts,
Melbourne, Australia





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