Q&A: (OF WORLD’S ANATOMY AT THE END)
True/False: It is required that the Earth crack open, burst
its yolk before the end. Is there a certain sound you need
to hear? An anguish of language melted down inaudible—or fevered
droning spread over all corners?
True/True: Disregard the temperature, it’s only
going to get worse. You avoid the sun, bed
into the mantle, mark out a spot for all
to see you have had this dance before—licked
flames off old boxing gloves & waltzed
into fractured fault line breach.
False/False: There was the proverbial flash/bang & then
everyone was served popcorn while waiting
for it to be their turn. Of course it was buttered, extra
buttered—this is the end of the world.
False/True: You thought it would be much grander;
there’d be more splendor in this. Are you really putting hope
into structural integrity at a time like this? Act smart;
call it a crevasse—that sounds scientific enough.
If all else fails remember the real estate market
for lava is looking pretty good right now.
You/You: In the movie-version of what happened
you’ll call it Fissure Island.
How much more literal a name do you need? Toe
around it all you want, but at the end, the only way off
this rocky body is down. Bring a shovel
& your best dancing shoes.