A Dream

We were all going to die.
We were all there, all the people in the world, strapped in,
waiting, in a quiet, brave panic, for the End.

We were all of us together.
All of us scared and alone, all fearing the known unknown,
waiting, but it didn’t come.

We all tried so hard to die.
We tried so hard to be dignified, to set an example,
we closed our eyes, we each of us held our breath.

And I woke up.