The Sky is Falling (III)

03 Sep

The sky is falling!

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The Sky is Falling

Over the airwaves they speak,
the Chicken Littles, claiming to know
just where dangers lurk.
An approaching storm,
still far, far away…yet they say
our fate is sealed—doom is nigh.
They use such words
to instill fear in the masses,
while the storm lingers,
building intensity,
still far beyond our sight.
For in their mind,
they’re keeping us safe;
preparing us all
so that we’ll live—to see
another day.
And the majority drop
everything and scream,
the end is near, what shall we do?
Run and stock up,
buy up all the water and bread!
Who knows if we’ll ever
get the chance again?
The fatalistic minority
just shake their head
and sigh…why bother?
For tomorrow, we’ll just be dead.
I wonder who is worse;
the doomsayer,
the worrywart,
or the one who just doesn’t care?

© September 3, 2010 CRF

So, this one came to me in spurts as I kept hearing the reports of the approaching Hurricane Earl, and watched people come into my store to stock up on water and flashlights. I got to thinking about how with every major storm that comes even remotely close to us, the weather reporters seem to fan the flames of panic, causing people to act like they cannot survive a storm without all these supplies stored. What do you all think?


Posted by on September 3, 2010 in opinion/editorial, poetry


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4 responses to “The Sky is Falling (III)

  1. onescoobthree

    September 3, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    I’m thinking that most people panic when they are fed fear, it’s human nature; self-preservation. Our animal instincts kicking in to survive. Even if there is nothing to actually ‘survive’. Me I just go with it, whatever happens will happen.

    Great write love *kisses* Love you chicken little analogy lol

    • falcon1974

      September 3, 2010 at 4:50 pm

      Thanks dear. That’s kind of how I feel. It’s not something we really can change, so just go with the flow. Sure, we should be careful and try not to be doing unnecessary things when and if the storm arrives, but I don’t see the point of ‘stocking up’ on supplies. It seems to panicky for me.

  2. Joleene Naylor

    September 4, 2010 at 3:06 am

    I’ve noticed this behavior with winter storms, too. We had a horrific ice storm here a couple of eyars ago and everyone was without electric for days (we went over a week ourselves – including our well pump. not cool), and since then people around here get especially panicked and run in and buy up water and food dehydrated food, and generators, etc.

    I’ve been tempted more than once to go all out, but never do, and in the end everyone else is stuck with bottles of water and dehydrated camping food they have nothing to do with, and we’re skating off to the movies with the money we saved. Just like with the Y2K panic. My brother maintains he owns a gun, so we don’t need to stock up for the end of the world, LOL! *shakes head*

    • falcon1974

      September 4, 2010 at 9:26 pm

      It happens all the time up here. Mostly during the winter with the ‘North Easters’ that plague us if you listen to the weather reports. We’ve actually not had a hurricane since the early 1990s I was sure we were due for one.


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