2,000 Years From Now - A World without Humans - Short Story

No more, the humans were no more. Nature thrived without them. Paths became forests and grasslands. Animals became free to multiply and yet some were lost on the way. Tigers and rhinos had become extinct. Some birds had been shot down. Humans had hunted the red kite and the peregrine falcon and it was no more. It was very sad. It was also sad that humans did not exist. If only they could have found a way to survive and thrive alongside nature.

Deer ran free. Free from the hunter's gun. In many ways the world was a beautiful place and at peace. The hardy pigeon was no longer seen as vermin. No one to judge her.

Trees were in abundance and kept the air healthy. So many birds and mammals were safe in their homes. Yet no children to watch the squirrels play. No laughter from a young child. A blessing or a curse that humans did not exist? They were the ones who had become extinct while nature took over or should I say took back what belonged to her. She was fine until humans interfered.

Two thousand years from now and the seas are full of the most beautiful and colourful fish. No such thing as over fishing. Sad and joyful at the same time. Bitter-sweet. Nature thrives yet we lose humans along the way.

Ivy crept all over old broken houses. Insects made it their home. Finding food and shelter amongst its green lush leaves. Blackberry brambles spread rapidly. Their delicious fruits providing food for the birds and mammals. Wild strawberries filled the grasslands.

The climate had settled as there were no carbon emissions polluting the atmosphere. Seasons took on a natural rhythm again. Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter as the flora a fauna worked with the seasons.

It was a relief and yet it was a tragedy. Did it really have to come to this? If only the clock could turn back to two thousand years before and somehow humans realised they too were part of nature. They too had their part to play to co-exist with nature and work along side nature for everyone's sake. Then perhaps we could hear that child's laughter as she watches the little squirrels chase each other. For she too is part of nature.  

About this poem

A short story from my course notes on nature writing. We had to imagine a world without humans. I just thought I would upload it here. Food for thought about how we treat our planet. Kim

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Written on May 18, 2024

Submitted by Blossoming on May 18, 2024

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Kimberley Hamilton

New poet just starting out. Kim Hamilton is from Belfast in Northern Ireland. Loves nature and poems on faith. more…

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  • Kshetrapal
    What a beautiful piece. How strong is the imagination. Superfine.
    Further to Animal Farm, Time Machine and a famous novel whose basis was ills of science that humans became deformed , so they are responsible for their peril if they wickedly do with nature. I feel

    Very good,Kim.
    LikeReply 11 month ago
    • hamiltonkim03
      thank you. I was asked to write a Fictional Story about two thousand years from now and imagine nature without Humans. We all need each other regardless of species. Kim
      LikeReply1 month ago
  • AIDA
    Wow, what a powerful and thought-provoking piece! The imagery of nature thriving without humans is both beautiful and haunting. The way you describe the world reclaiming itself is truly evocative. I love the way you highlight the impact of human actions on the environment and the consequences of our absence.

    One improvement suggestion could be to provide more details or specific examples of how nature has reclaimed the world without humans. For instance, describing specific plant and animal species that have flourished in the absence of human interference could add depth to the narrative.

    Overall, your poem is a poignant reminder of the importance of coexisting with nature and the potential consequences of not doing so. Keep up the great work!
    LikeReply 11 month ago


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