An Instant towards the End


The eve of the apocalypse was upon them but they’d not anticipated it, nor realized it was anon.

To them it was just politics in its latest guise. Sails woven of hypocrisy artfully blended with brazen hyperbole lay shredded on the deck: polarization, the only oarsman, madly rowing as squalls of fate blew askew.

The turbid wake intertwined discordant tapestries that drove the bound Norns mad while high atop the crest of a desolate mountain, four horsemen distractedly watched seven winged beings cradle long brass musical implements of some kind; watched and waited, fidgeting, wondering about the possibility of antipodes and what they might be like.

Wishful thinking.

Even then.

© Guillermo Calvo Mahé; Manizales, 2019; all rights reserved. Please feel free to share with appropriate attribution.

Guillermo Calvo Mahé (a sometime poet) is a writer, political commentator and academic currently residing in the Republic of Colombia although he has primarily lived in the United States of America (of which he is a citizen). Until recently he chaired the political science, government and international relations programs at the Universidad Autónoma de Manizales. He has academic degrees in political science (the Citadel), law (St. John’s University), international legal studies (New York University) and translation and linguistic studies (the University of Florida’s Center for Latin American Studies). He can be contacted at and much of his writing is available through his blog at

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