Archive for the ‘Epitaphs’ Category

Vidal Adolphus

Vidal AdolphusAfter long days in
the lab, making cultures, splitting
cells, cross-breeding strains,
we’d often decamp to Mendel’s,
to drink and argue
and flirt and fight. Sometime, after
a few too many
rye whiskies, I’d imagine a
Great Geneticist
looking down on us, pairing us
up to see what our
DNA would yield, culling dead-
ends, optimizing,
improving, diversifying,
strengthening. It’s the
chief goal of life to make more life.

Mac Littleton

Mac LittletonDo not fear,
enemies of the Lord, when your time
comes. He is
not a God of vengeance. And He knows,
as I do,
that when you come to join us, your way
will be made
open by those you loved, those who came
before you.
They are here now, whispering in His
ear. Like I
whisper in yours. Do not fear. You are
loved. You are
saved. This is the Kingdom of Heaven

Denice Fulton

Denice FultonI went to church every
week. Sometimes twice a week.
And I marveled at why
others didn’t. It was
so beautiful and so
serene. Majestic. It
didn’t matter which church,
synagogue, temple, mosque.
I loved them all. Such joy
was there for all, for free!

Joseph Dawn

Joseph DawnI loved my wife, but I
cheated on her
constantly. Every job
I had, there’d be
an office lover. The
business trip trysts.
Secret lunchtime meetings.
The last time, it
was behind a line of
bushes down the
block from the office. As
we finished, a
police car stopped in front
of us. She ran
away and left me to
fend for myself.
I didn’t even know
there was a pre-
school across the street. They
didn’t believe
my story, and since the
woman wouldn’t
help me, I looked like a
liar and a
pedophile. And I
knew that my wife
would take that easier
than my cheating.
I confessed, went to jail.
But my wife stayed
with me. And when I got
out, I never
strayed again. I thought of
it constantly,
but I didn’t acted
on it. Never.

Noreene Andersen

Noreene AndersenI had sight. I didn’t want
it. I tried to hide from it, turn
it off, block it out. But I
saw. I saw when people lied. When
they cheated, when they had fooled
even themselves. I could still see.
And I had to say what I
saw. The most transparent lies were
my own. So I was hated
and shunned. For being honest. The
truth is I loved you all, and
I’m sorry I couldn’t keep from
telling you what you didn’t
want to hear. I envied your peace.

Idris Earle

Idris EarleI was an ardent
Democrat, and backed
the ticket, fought for
it. But I broke with
my liberal friends
on one issue that
perplexed them. I would
not back down on funds
for exploring space.
I know the money
could have been used for
education, to
fight poverty, to
ease suffering. And
I know there was waste
that stuffed the pockets
of oligarchs and
scammers and weapons
dealers. But it is
a fact that we held –
you still hold – power
to destroy all life
on this planet. And
those kinds of genies
never go home to
their bottle. So it
is imperative
that we send people
to other planets.
To ensure that our
species survives. My
time has passed, and so
has my danger. But
make time for yourselves,
and for your children,
on Earth or elsewhere.

Arnold Edson

Arnold EdsonAfter eighty years, this
world was nothing I
could recognize. We might
have been colonized
by Martians; that’s how strange
these people, these so-
called children of mine, have
become. I could not
understand how they lived
the way they did, thought
the way they thought. Maybe
I had become the
alien. Either way,
I was ready to
go. I was ready four
years before I went

Hugo Bryton

Hugo BrytonI wanted, and
I needed, so I prayed
to God. But God
didn’t care. I fell ill
and cursed God. He
still didn’t care. Then I
found love, and thought
I’d make my peace with God.
Again, silence.
So I forgot about God,
and in doing
so, I think I may have
found him. I’m not
sure. But that’s fine with me.

The Skeptic-Believer

The Skeptic-BelieverMy town was
full of people who worshipped
fire gods and revenants and
things that went
bump in the night. And it had
people who decried Faith as a
delusion
and an invitation to
bamboozlement. But having Faith
is much more
important that believing
in a deity, nor does it
require
believing in anything
supernatural. Faith is a
practical,
rational position. Faith
is the opposite of Control,
and it’s a
crucial survival skill in
a world where so many things are
outside of
your ability to change.
The world continues to revolve,
even if
you don’t, can’t, won’t validate
every microscopic piece of
it. If you
try to check each possible
outcome, every permutation,
you will lose
your mind and your self. So the
only rational answer is
Faith. Faith that
the planet will still be there
tomorrow. Faith that she loves you.
Faith that things
you do have meaning to some
one, even if you can’t see it.

I hated
God. My Faith was the bedrock
of my life and my happiness.

Soren Kiteway

Soren KitewayI was the last of
three. Born late. An accident
and an afterthought.
So I learned to survive with
less. Love, attention,
consideration. But my
siblings both grew to
squander my parent’s love and
support and money.
Whereas I, who got nothing
but the freedom that
comes from being ignored, grew
strong and made myself
a life. Expectation kills.

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