Disappointments of the Apocalypse

Hi folks,

I just realised I haven’t posted for Miscellaneous Monday this week, so here it is, belated, but present nonetheless.

During week 12 of ‘Writing Apocalypse, we were asked to read Mary Karr’s Disappointments of the Apocalypse, then come up with our own ‘Disappointments of the Apocalypse’ poem. Here is my attempt. As usual, it’s raw, unedited, and hastily written in the allotted time.


The apocalypse was supposed to be spectacular
                a nuclear war
                             a supervolcano
                                          a great plague
                                                          an invasion from Mars.

The apocalypse was supposed to be savage
               raids
                             rape
                                            cannibalism
                                                                      slavery.

The apocalypse was supposed to be sudden
               months
                             weeks
                                            days
                                                         hours.

The apocalypse wasn’t supposed to be a sedate stroll into oblivion
               this gentle deceleration
                              unnoticed
                                           unheeded
                                                         until the last

soft

sigh.

The apocalypse wasn’t meant to be mundane.



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