The burning seeds fell from the sky without warning
bursting through the atmosphere
landing on the ground and melting
mud grass concrete boardwalk rock sand
the hysteria burst and spread like a dandelion overblooming
and people prayed and wept and packed their cars and some strode around with shotguns pointed at the sky
and the heads of state wore grave expressions and conferred with scientists on national T.V.
and YouTube replayed the day the earth stood still and cocoon and total recall endlessly
and some people grinned vacantly and nodded as if in recognition
See, I told you so
the raining down stopped
the ground and skies were quiet
all was… quiet
until the tendrils appeared.