Fade to Black

In my movie
the Rapture will only lift the broken, burnt
bodies of the people who caught the first hot wave
of the bomb blast, locked outside the lead-lined
steel-girded and concrete-shielded cathedrals
housing the elite of humanity. In my movie
angels and seraphim will lift only the dead
lying in the streets outside
the crumbling ruins of civilization

the children barricaded beneath
kitchen sinks, huddled against one another

waiting for their parents to come home from work
or the store. In my movie, the upper
echelon of society
will emerge from protective cocoons
stocked with cases of tinned meat and
sparkling water to find they’ve inherited
a world burnt beyond recognition, unfit for
habitation, abandoned by God. In
my movie, these people will fall to
the ground, scream, “Why, why, why”, or some similar

hackneyed cliché, just before the picture fades
and the screen grows cold and black. It’s not
a perfect ending, but it’s all
I’m able to come up with.
It’s all I’ve got.

Holly Day’s poetry has recently appeared in The Cape Rock, New Ohio Review, and Gargoyle. Her newest poetry collections are A Perfect Day for Semaphore (Finishing Line Press), In This Place, She Is Her Own (Vegetarian Alcoholic Press), A Wall to Protect Your Eyes (Pski’s Porch Publishing), I'm in a Place Where Reason Went Missing (Main Street Rag Publishing Co.), and The Yellow Dot of a Daisy (Alien Buddha Press). Read other articles by Holly.