[Late Latin apocalypsis, from Greek apokalupsis, revelation; apocalypse, from apokaluptein, to uncover : apo-, apo- + kaluptein, to cover; see kel- in Indo-European roots.]

Draw the heavy velvet drapes open,
see the moon’s pockmarked marble

darkly floating in the sky: perigee-
syzygy, disco ball rising on invisible

pulleys up the dome of this all-night
discotheque where we’ve come to dance

while looking furtively over one
twitchy shoulder every five minutes…

And we don’t know, we don’t know,
despite the floodlights spilling

on our heads, just how the next act
plays out. Lift the veil, a voice

cries out. But we’re too mired in
the music; and it’s almost better

just to close our eyes and press
deeper into our partners’ arms.

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