The beginning of a story

Once it began, it began for good
an irrevocable story
of friendships, of a marriage that lasted

and lasts still to this day
peering from the eyes of my children.

There has been an excuse made!
an attempt at an excuse,
to not move continually onward and upward,
to not apply myself, happily
within my wealth

but today I feel the cost of their decades
lived as well as could be

the sensation is open to interpretation
but the white wall around the family home
in my memory shoos me on and on
I lift my head high

their tombstone is black and faces the sky

and now that frozen moment of youth,
the beginnings of Truth,
their smiles, a maternal reminder –
‘live well, child
you have only this one, quick life’. 

By Shona Cole


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