Writing the Apocalypse: Window Panes

Election Day Morning, 2020. | Photo by Puma Perl

Writing the Apocalypse is a weekly series featuring the poems, essays, and recollections of Puma Perl, with subject matter influenced by her experiences as a NYC resident during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Window Panes | BY PUMA PERL

We took lots of acid,

placed bets

on whether the sun would rise

in the morning.


I don’t recall who was president

Maybe LBJ.

We were still too young to vote.


By daybreak,

nobody remembered

the odds or how they’d betted.

Everyone was half right.

Everyone was half wrong.

November Sunrise. | Photo by Puma Perl

Nobody won.


The sun came up anyway,

same as today,

careening indifferently

between bridge and sky.


The sun doesn’t care.


We wait.

No Zen Master

has ever spent more time

in the moment.


For two days

there was no hot water.

It didn’t matter.

I’d decided not to wash

my hair until he’s out.


Like those ballplayers

not changing their socks

during a series

or eating fried chicken

before every game.


we sat outside a bar,

talked of other things

and talked of nothing else.


Diva knocked over a drink

and tried to finish it.


Who could blame her?


At 3AM my hot water returned.

I took a shower

but did not wash my hair.


The sun came up again,

reminding me of its indifference.


Everybody burns.



© puma perl, 11/05/2020

Puma Perl is a poet and writer, with five solo collections in print. The most recent is Birthdays Before and After (Beyond Baroque Books, 2019.) She is the producer/creator of Puma’s Pandemonium, which brings spoken word together with rock and roll, and she performs regularly with her band Puma Perl and Friends. She’s received three New York Press Association awards in recognition of her journalism, and is the recipient of the 2016 Acker Award in the category of writing. Her most recent books can be found by clicking here.             

Drunk smushy dog. | Photo by Puma Perl


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