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ARDOR Literary Magazine - Issue One, Jan. 2013

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stomach than, say, the effects of late capitalism on the world's environment. In Judgment Day terms, weve always had it coming; in other words, nothing is really our fault. I find myself with a lingering question for the folks who run these websites, those who predict Judgment Day from their pulpits or cable TV shows, those who buy into the message. What happens when nothing happens? Will they be disappointed that the world hasn't been engulfed in flames? Will they stick to their guns, admitting they've been left behind? And if they, the wildesteyed of true believers, don't make the cut, who will? I wonder if there are any cults who believe we are actually post-Rapture, as I sometimes do; that the Chosen Ones are long gone and here we are, neck-deep in tribulation. IV. It must have felt like the end of the world in Beebe, Arkansas, when the birds began to fall. It was New Year's Eve, a poetic day for Judgment. Earlier in the day, residents remember seeing and hearing the birds roosting, settling in for the evening. Beebe is something of a hub in red-winged blackbirds' migratory pattern, so the townspeople were used to their presence. But at around 11 p.m. on December 31, 2010, the birds began to fall silently from the sky in droves. Five thousand fell in all, turning the streets and rooftops of the town a soft, sooty black. Feathers wafted through the air like snow. Bird carcasses hit some residents in the head. The town was

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