Armageddon SunriseArmageddon Sunrise10 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
by Alex Higgin-Houser
We stood in the middle of a midnight highway with the ruins of the city at our backs. The streetlights stabbed the blue-green gradient sky and empty cars lay dormant on exits to a ghost town.
Smoke curled at the horizon as a thousand flaming arms reached circles above our heads, and meandering clouds of sulfur drifted past the stars underneath explosions of sound, the eyes of every child turned towards the heavens - and all ablaze.
Distant gunshots echoed our footfalls as the highway became a dirt path to the remains of suburbia. White picket fences gave way to barbed wire dolls on the doorsteps, twisting like vines around the bones of God. We looked at each other then and saw past the rags and bandages, and a lone skywriter buzzed overhead. Your white-knuckled hand held mine until we reached the cemetery where we hoped to find the last of our refugee brethren.
We found them in a pit of ashes, their ar