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A Poem For The End Of The World

Just in case…

Poem For The End Of The World

According to some interpreters
of Mayan lore and calendars.
marks the last day of the world.

And just in case,
those soothsayers and doom-mongers
are right this time.
I thought it best
I straighten a few things out.

Firstly, let me say,
I’m sorry.

For all the stupid-idiot, thoughtless
and plain boneheaded things,
I said and did and didn’t do.
I’m sorry.

I forgive you.
If this is our last day,
go knowing that,
between us,
the slate is clean.
Even of the things
you’ve been certain
I could never forgive.
I also want to say,

For all the things you did.
For all the things that made me smile.
For all the laughter and tears
and the multitude flavours
of emotional angst
we shared along the way.
For making life beautiful.

And lastly, I want to say,
I love you.

Yes, you specifically,
Mum, Dad, Wife, Sibling, Child.
But also,
you and you and you.
All of you.
Without condition, without exception.
I love you.

If this really is
the end of the world.
Then this poem,
is irrefutably,
a grand and pointless gesture.
But if it really is
the end of the world,
so was everything else too.
I’m still glad
I had the opportunity.