A portrait of the end
The power went off and we were left in the dark.
Our iPods, iPhones, iPads, MacBooks were completely dead.
The Pixies –and Bieber- became nothing but a memory as our expensive gadgets turned quickly into junk.
The water running from the tap was dirty and brown, undrinkable and smelly.
No TV, no radio, no electricity, so we read our old books and whatever else we could find on paper.
We ate the ham and cheese in the fridge as quickly as we could before it all went off.
Night came and we waited for salvation.
For good news, a miracle, but what good was that?
Our leaders were living underground, maybe at Denver Airport, still connected, those selfish buggers, their iGadgets still working, their food fresh and eatable, their water clean and drinkable.
As for us, the people, we survived on canned food and bottled water, followed by what else we could find.
Some went crazy, panicked, and committed suicide just as they were running out of food.
Like others, I left my house and I went out in pursuit of food.
Around me I saw dead bodies, their flesh dried up in the sun, and I saw rats being burnt by survivors. Their meat smelled good and I thought about Stallone and Demolition Man, and I kept on walking, my legs aching and my mouth dry.
Miles away I found food, nicely packed in cans, bottled water, fizzy drinks, and books that hadn’t been read in ages.
I ate, drank, read Proust and Poe, got bored quickly, played with Lego, read Green Lantern and the Fantastic Four, followed by Flash and The Hardy Boys, and then I slept for hours.
The end of days had arrived.
The sun was dying and the people were melting away slowly.
I woke up in the morning, covered in sweat.
I missed coffee and toast, family and friends, and so much more.
I missed a lot of things and when I stepped outside I saw the end approaching fast.
I closed my eyes and I burnt away quickly.
I opened my eyes and I saw light; a tree ahead and a figure waiting for me. A familiar face, love, salvation, a new beginning in a place I thought it didn’t exist.