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Holly Day




Despite My Reservations Regarding Apocalypses


the dragon outside my bedroom window tells me

that the end is coming soon, that it’s okay to get drunk

fucked up, fuck around, because it’s all going to come crashing down

so very soon

that there’s no reason to practice prudence or prudishness. it blinks its gigantic

blue-green eyes at me through the crack between the flowered bedroom curtains

so beguilingly I have no choice but to believe it’s true.


later, in the kitchen, the dragon curls up around my tiny dinette

tail delicately tucked around its body and out of the way of my heavy feet

watches me cooking dinner, tells me I should order a pizza instead

because there’s no reason to keep any money in my bank account

or worry about cholesterol or being fat or the evildoings or shady associations

of certain corporate pizza places

when the end of the world is so close

so very close

that the dragon can already taste the smoldering embers of burning cities on its tongue

already knows what I’ll look and smell like when I’m dead.



About the Author: Holly Day's writing has recently appeared in Analog SF, The Hong Kong Review and Appalachian Journal. She currently works as an instructor at The Richard Hugo Center in Seattle and at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis.

 


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