Sorry it took me so long to get back to you; internet issues arose, ensued, were overcome.
I suppose I forgot to include the explinations of the Nine Inch Nails refrences. Sorry. I'll edit my little blurb-y thing after I respond to you. The Warning is a song by the band Nine Inch Nails off of their most recent album. It's about a hallucination of sorts that ocurs when a certain drug is taken. The ficticious drug (as far as I know) is supposed to show you the image of a ghostly hand, kind of like a message from the heavens, I suppose. The characters in the Year Zero universe take it as such, due to a tainted water source infected with the drug, and believe it to truly be a sign of end times. Just a little fun fact here: The Good Soldier is another Nine Inch Nails song that I snatched te title of for poetic reasons. (It's not plagarism, I swear.)
As for the third stanza, I've been trying to condense it a bit, but the phrases I come up with make no sense. Or they make sense but need to be paraphrased to fit with the rhyme scheme. I'll tell you when I come up with something suitable, though.
Thank you for reading and commenting, as most don't have the courtesy!