End of Days

by

Oormila Vijayakrishnan Prahlad

How little we knew of how
our lives would morph
when the equable sea
stretched before us -
a mise-en-scene of blue,
otherworldly in its tranquility.

In our innocence we thought
it was we who pushed
the styrofoam clouds
stippled in the skies
with our cotton wool breaths.

How little we knew
of the torrent of fire to come,
alluvial silt besmirched
by tides of blood
swelling upon a lawless ocean -
the vision of the end of days
coiling around us,
vile, serpentine.

How little we knew.

Oormila Vijayakrishnan Prahlad is an Australian artist, poet, and pianist. Her art and poetry have been widely published in both print and online literary journals and anthologies. She co-edits the Australian literary journal Authora Australis.