first published in Planet Magazine
After we had reached the top of the cliffs
and Instagrammed ourselves next to the sign that, predictably, read
we sat on a soft pillow of dead bees, ate the last of our quinoa & avocado
plant-based g/f meal &
witnessed an orange sun bow behind a curtain of black cloud.
The gnawing anxiety that our solar panels & water usage reduction efforts had done nothing
to assuage this imminent disaster slowly faded
as we experienced the sun dying again on Facebook replay.
& again we sighed as emoji hearts & smiles & frowns & Sad Faces floated past our eyes
like the now extinct butterflies until the battery went dead.
Part of the crowd who had gathered at the top of Apocalypse Road
to watch the End Of The World, tumbled off the cliff-face during the push to get a decent view & it was agreed that
we would absolutely have begun some sort of rescue mission but on reflection
considering our predicament, it all seemed a bit pointless, & strangely
the cries from the horribly injured intensified our emotions into a swelling ecstatic experience.
Eventually we began to thin, or gather in parties around a series of bonfires
that illuminated the night sky almost as much as the sun.
And we sat up until the early hours debating what could have been
listed all the things we still wanted to do with our lives
talked incessantly about how we could have made a difference
if only we'd tried a bit fucking harder.
As we ruminated the sky began to brighten,
just fractionally at first
but soon it was light enough that we could not argue
and theorists put forward the proposition that this was death
the White Light
finally coming to claim us.
And we sat watching the white sun rise
waiting for death.
About the author
Award-winning poet. Currently writing cli-fi, The MthR Trilogy: available as e-books or audiobooks from my website. Indy publisher. Book reviews. Intersectional Feminist. Full-time van nomad 4+years. Eat plants.
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