End of Times on Beaver Lake


               “A Few People in a Vacant Lot on a Cloudy Day” by Dale Innis on Midjourney

Please play to hear the poem recited to the Door’s instrumental, “Riders on The Storm”

It was the end of the world on Beaver Lake; it happened on a Friday afternoon,

late in the day and no one expecting it, to all come about so soon.
First the sound of the atmosphere groaning moaning sparkin’ and explodin;’
there was a hole opening up in the sky and then a big old cloud came galloping in.

None of us could believe our eyes, so we stayed in a stupor without a whisper.
This had a feeling of the supernatural, the alien winds or maybe the eschatological.
We were simple folk on a simple farm, living a simple peaceful life on fields of clover,
but when the sky parted with a clap of thunder, even in our ignorance, we knew it was over.

I had read the Bible in my youth so I knew about the Four Horsemen riding down.
No one and nothing would be spared, as the new order was ushered into town.
I just thanked the powers to be, my wife had passed last winter and would not have to see,
what me and the kids were witnessing now, bigger than anything we ever knew could be.

I heard the Horsemen’s horses chomping on their bits; the rain started pouring down…
and not one of us took shelter in our farmhouse, we just stayed nailed in place to the ground.
It was the End Times, that was riding down upon us, lightning glowing in those horse’s eyes…
I gathered my kids by my side and said “close your eyes”and pray for your souls;
It Is the End of Times.

Karima Hoisan
February 8, 2023
Costa Rica

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40 Responses to End of Times on Beaver Lake

  1. daleinnis says:

    Ha, this is so good! The things that you see in my images are always amazing; and then poetry and performance as well. CHOMPING on their bits… Love this.

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    • Thanks so much Dale…the secret is out, your AI Art captivates my imagination every single time.. Even when the programs was just starting out and made some creepy mistakes..it still drew me in. I am an ekphrastic poet..have been so for years, even before I knew what it meant.. and this is why you and I work so well off each other…So much fun…. Always!!


  2. Joey says:

    That’s amazing! Very powerful and fun though spooky as heck 🙂
    (Of course, I needed to look up ‘eschatological’, hehe)
    Keep it up, you two!


    • Thank you so much Joey…I think many didn’t know what to think of this one, as few commented. but once again, it’s just a true inspiration from another image produced by Dale. I see many more stories in it, but this is the one I decided on:) I’m so glad you enjoyed it and found it intriguing…Haha yes that’s a great word I learned from a priest friend:):) Thank you again!! ❤️🌹❤️

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  3. Linda Bass says:

    An apocalyptic piece! I love how you and Dale ping off each other’s talents. Always a joy to see the end product!

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  4. Grace says:

    Karima! What a brilliant work of art! I think every piece has a writers voice behind it and in this piece, it was a treat to see the storyteller’s voice in you!!! I love this line “First the sound of the atmosphere groaning moaning sparkin’ and explodin;” – the rhyme and the vivid imagery is so neat to me!!! I love how you very much brought the image to life and played with dark times but with a spin of light. Brilliantly done, my friend!!!! You have a gift and it’s always such a treat to see where it takes you. 🤍🤗🤍🤗

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    • Awww thank you dearest Grace, this one totally caught me off-guard and I just love when that happens:) I told Dale, I’m writing a piece for your picture, but he had absolutely no idea what I saw in his image. I am not generally writing about “The End of Times, but that’s the movie I saw in my head when I stared into this fascinating painting. Dale said, that’s not what he saw..smiles, which made the whole thing more surprising,,,but I think in the end, with music added, it tied itself together:) Thank you for your wonderful words..I love to hear that tone of excitement in your voice..it totally inspires me to continue…taking chances:):)🌹❤️🦋🌟🌈

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      • Grace says:

        That’s so neat how you’re two different perspectives still created a magical masterpiece! Thank you for the backstory 🤗. Awww I mean every bit, dear Karima. You always inspire me 🤍

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  5. Notes And Silence says:

    Great poem and perfect soundscape.

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  6. johncoyote says:

    Reblogged this on johncoyote and commented:
    Please listen to the amazing writer.

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  7. johncoyote says:

    Dear Karima, song and words. I did love.

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  8. KK says:

    A lovely piece, with rhyme and rhythm, and smooth flow and one more collab! You are stunning both in words and voice. I have already told you about your magical voice. But I don’t see end, I always look for a new beginning for you, Karima! Good one, indeed 👌😊💐❤️🙏

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  9. Jeff Flesch says:

    Wonderfully ominous, and, for me, hinting to our daily reality, or rather realities for many, Karima. The imagery and feelings you evoke are profound, and remind me that gratefulness for every moment on this earth, and in this body and mind, are so very important. We never know when life will take us… I loved this one. 🌹🤗❤️

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    • Thank you Jeff, we never know what stage of the world we are in, exactly, but many signs, as you say, hint towards the last cycle. In any case I saw this in Dale’s image, smiles, even though he didn’t( hee hee I love that) and I knew what music it had to be too. In this poem, the words came first, then I looked for the music. As we have talked about, normally it is just the opposite. Oh yes, I totally agree, every moment, hopefully should be lived and in gratefulness. When we pass, it is our own personal end of times..end of our time on earth. We are very lucky to be alive…when you even think about it. So glad you loved this one, Jeff….smiling big 🤩 ❤️ 🤗

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  10. swadharma9 says:

    dreams & poems seem to flow from a similar inner spring, & often they can leave us surprised & puzzled. so, if this poem were my dream, i would anticipate really big changes in my life, possibly relating to family. i would understand that i will have no control over events, but i would nonetheless keep my eyes open, for alertness seems to be needed more than forgetfulness at this point.

    i would wonder what i am closing my eyes to in my life that i would be wiser to remain alert to??

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  11. Interesting point of view J…let me think about it:)


  12. A good read and it made me think of what passed through the minds of so many in Turkey and Syria when they were hit by an earthquake.

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  13. This is a fantastic tale and ominously read, love the epic feel to it.

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  14. Well, the bottom line is Keep The Faith! …and keep loving the Brothers and Sisters!

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  15. when times look the darkest is when the greatest Hope is about to dawn

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  16. It’s great! Feel so intimate. Feels like you’re giving a reading a club! Or maybe around a fire, like the storytellers of the past. Beautiful! Modern storytelling. So creative!

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    • Thank you Ben and you made a light bulb light up in my head…I didn’t realize what I had been doing..but it’s been since I am inspired by Dale’s images, each one a whole story unto itself. You are making me see my own process and my new leanings, in a much clearer light.. I really thank you for that:)


  17. Yes we are lucky to be part of this thriving, talented community…Back atcha’ my friend 🙂


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