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This is the way the world ends

Helen Rickerby

This story is about remembering
and forgetting

Not knowing where you are
or if it's real

But you can die with a martini in your hand


The girl in pink, skating towards you
has an automatic weapon
behind her back

and this drug will take you to Jesus
if Jesus is a chorus
line of short-skirt nurses


There is too much sun in California
for shadows


There are other people
in this story

The bride and groom who laughed themselves to death

the boy who lost hope

the pirate soldier, the man with two souls

the porn stars, the family

the whole city

the whole world


This is an apocalypse

in an ice cream truck


Twiddling his fingers While LA burns

"He's going to die," says one blonde, sadly
"There's nothing we can do," says the other

as they dance cheek to cheek
hand in manicured hand

There's nothing they can do


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