— Christine Richardson
“Every time you think of dying, don’t.”
— Frank Buckles, oldest American survivor WWI
Feb.1,1901 – Feb. 23, 2011
Every time you seek the truth, don’t.
I set out on the crooked path to find
the stones with hammered truths.
By the time I came upon them
Elements had taken the last word.
Every time you go for gold, don’t.
Heading west, I packed a pick-axe, a head lamp,
Enough hard tack to last a lifetime.
By the time I reached my vein of discovery,
A ghost town had taken over.
Every time you think of dying, don’t.
I went shopping for my funeral clothes,
In the dressing room, I asked the clerk,
“Does this shroud make me look dead.”
“Yes,” she said.
I left without buying a thing.