Apocalypses don't come smashing down from the heavens,
destryoing civilization in one easy wave of fire
and sending everybody into a frantic scramble to survive twisted political ideals
and stay alive.
They don't steamroll over people's lives,
destroying political and social concepts all at once.
They don't dry the Earth up all in one giant cloud of dusty red smoke,
leaving us on a Martian desert land full of prehistoric beasts.
Apocalypses don't scream their intentions as they slam down onto our heads,
and they don't wipe out live as we knew it,
not noticeably, anyway.
No, I think that in real life apocalypses arrive so subtly
that people don't always realize they're there.
One simple, reasonable step after another until it's too late.
We go on and continue our regular lives,
reading and writing,
running and swimming and gardening
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