In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Forever Young.”
(Death is the dark backing that a mirror needs if we are to see anything. ~ Saul Bellow)
My, oh my, my love … about these depressions in our mattress, which can
Only be flipped and turned so many times before they stop bouncing back,
Let’s not think, so THAT is what we’ve done with one-third of our lives!?
By that time (this?), I hope we can say: well, OK, we need(ed) that for this, these, the
Other two-thirds, which — however long they may last beyond this point —
Must be able to push forth, astride those nights that do end;
Hurdle endings that don’t end: the endings of pets, people, people we love;
Let go of things that won’t/can’t be found again, no matter how ORGANIZED we are or
How faithfully we retrace our steps, how much we care or try or want; and, AND, and
Get used to the feeling of Nature’s waning interest in us, looking through us now to
(How many times have I photographed the moon just this past year? The DAGGONE moon! Like it hasn’t been here all this effing time, hanging around, doing its thing while I did mine. But now, each time, with every shot, I felt/feel a word placed and then burn under my tongue: STAY! [That’s the word.] I can never tell where the word’s come from nor who it’s for. Me? The moon? Us both? Who can say [?] so I let it stay, the word beneath my tongue, until one day I look for it and find it’s slipped away again.)
I do know, though, all things do finally go, are gone, and that is that — for now, at least.
But that’s what makes life precious and meaningful. Yes, that’s just exactly how the whole thing works.
Anyway. NOW THAT THAT’S OUT OF THE WAY, to answer the question: HECK, YES! I would GULP those
Fountain-of-youth waters down, just before diving in and spending the better part of the day(s) floating — never, ever sleeping —
On my back, this back here (!), which is presently further debouncing our mattress. But, YES!
I would drink. I would make you drink, too.
(A mirror needs a dark backing if we are to see our reflection, which is always good to check out before having your photo taken, going out to dinner, etc. ~ Lourdes Mint)