As a child, you never considered the end. The hours were too long, full of half-glimpsed butterflies and doll tea parties and Kia-ora at the cinema.
Even later, life bulged: student bars serving cheap Guinness, back-combed hair – soft bristles against your cheek.
Then the family tree began to change shape – a prune here, another there, until it looked different. A pollarded oak.
Soon each morning began the same: a battle to quell the notion that an unexplained lump, a tickle in the throat – a cough – could speed your end. No one lives forever – until now, surely. You will be the exception, the miracle that proves the rule.
Still, one golden dusk, He comes for you.
Slips a kind, bony hand in yours.
You fight but not for long – your body’s weak, tired out by a lifetime chasing butterflies.
Finally, you’ve learned life’s most important lesson.
With thanks to My Loving Wife at A Word Adventure for her Tuesday Use It In A Sentence.
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