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The Beautiful Apocalypse
by Alex Grehy
The end did not come in fire, soot and ash,
Grey bones and dust failed to fall to earth.
That last day, the sun set on an uncertain future,
a red doom on the horizon lighting wrathful clouds.
As midnight turned, the sky cleared, stars transfixed
in the indigo sky, the crystalline indigo sky.
Below, the world vitrified, last breaths cooling into blown glass
spheres; lovers transformed to frosted sculptures, more elegant
than Lalique. The air, the water, all turned to glass,
preserving perfectly the last day, the last day of ordinary
things, made extraordinary by their ending.
Ghosts drift between crystal planes, lost, wondering
why they’d never seen the perfection of their mundane lives,
until they were reflected in the flawless mirror
of the beautiful apocalypse.
Fiction © Copyright Alex Grehy
Image courtesy of Pixabay.com
More from author Alex Grehy:
After a lifetime of writing technical non-fiction, Alex Grey is fulfilling her dream of writing poems and stories that engage the reader’s emotions. Her work has been featured by a wide range of publications including Siren’s Call, Raconteur, Bookends Review, and Toasted Cheese. One of her comic poems is also available via a worldwide network of public fiction dispensers managed by French publisher, Short Edition. Her ingredients for contentment are narrow boating, greyhounds, singing and chocolate. It is a sweet life, yet Alex’ original view of the world has led to her best friend to say ‘For someone so lovely, you’re very twisted!
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