The Voice Issue 29: May/June 2017 - Page 29

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We water our plants,

and tell ourselves the world is normal because they're still growing.

But of course they're growing;

the Earth doesn't go dry and barren in an instant.

It takes longer than that,

and when the plants do die,

it'll be such a slow process

you'll say it's just natural,

that plants don't live forever

any more than people do.

Even as quiet as the end of the world is,

we silence it.

But there's a problem with this.

You see,

if apocalypses arrive as quietly as I say,

if they slink in and slide underneath our feet

so gently we don't even notice them,

who's to say when they arrive?

And who's to say?

Maybe they are

already here.

- FionaElla, Brattleboro, VT

Teddy Demko, Essex Jct., VT