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Apocalypse Road

by Sophie McKeand about a month ago in social commentary
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first published in Planet Magazine

After we had reached the top of the cliffs

and Instagrammed ourselves next to the sign that, predictably, read

End Times

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.

& 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.

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About the author

Sophie McKeand

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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  • srinivasanabout a month ago

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  • Heidiabout a month ago

    Not what I was expecting but very well written. Great work!

  • Carissa Rabeloabout a month ago

    I love how beautifully chilling this is!

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