the end of the world
will come today
I get up, eat my breakfast
put the dishes away.

I look in the mirror,
check my wrinkles and think
if it really does happen
will it be quick?

Will it be over
in a flash
or will we very slowly
burn to ash?

Will we be forgiven
for our sins
or will we wallow in regret
and try to save
our burning skins?

Will we feel sorry for ourselves
and loudly wail and moan
or will we bow our heads in defeat
and tepidly await the final blow?

Will we have time to go to Facebook
and share our utter despair
take pictures with our phones
and then tweet them to somewhere?

Do we have it coming
have we crossed the line
have we finally pushed the limit
of our privileges as mankind?

Will we wake up tomorrow
and be grateful for this life
will women hug their kids
and men embrace their wives?

Will we stop shooting and killing
stop looting and drilling
stop profiting and banking
stop bullying and pranking?

Oh, I think we will wake up
give an extra cuddle
make a loving call
but unfortunately after that
it will go back to
being business as usual.

What will it take
to teach us a lesson
and make us see
we can’t keep going
with this stuff?

I’m not sure
but somehow I think
that even the end of the world
is not going to be enough.

© Maggie Elizabeth, 2012

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