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The Last Day

The Last Day

On the last day,

I hope I am 100.

My beloveds surrounding me.

Where all is remembered and forgiven.

On the last day,

I hope the sun is shining,

As I look up one final time,

Its beams warming me to my very core.

On the last day,

I want to eat dark chocolate.

Sushi, fried chicken, ice cream.

My last meal.

On the last day,

I want to watch a silly reality TV show.

Listen to Billy Joel.

Read a book. My own, preferably.

On the last day,

I want to hold your hand.

And tell you that it’s going to be okay.

No, more than okay. It’s going to be fabulous.

On the last day,

I will remember when I was young.

When I thought 40 was “old”.

When the end seemed so far away.

Not knowing that really, it isn’t.

That this gift of time is fleeting.

On the last day,

I want smiles, laughter, hugs, and whispered I love yous.

On the last day,

I want to remember the warmth.

On the last day,

I hope you remember my face.

Each wrinkle. Each scar.

How they came to be.

On the last day,

I hope to be the first to go.

I hope you have each other.

I hope you forgive my selfishness.

On the last day,

I will look at all the light in my life,

And not regret a single moment.

On the last day,

I will cherish my loves

And know I did my best.

On the last day,

Let us walk into the light.

On the last day,

Happiness stays.


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Categories: Poetry

Alison Lee

Alison Lee is the co-editor of Multiples Illuminated: A Collection of Stories and Advice from Parents of Twins, Triplets and More, a writer, and publisher. A former PR and marketing professional, Alison’s writing has been featured in Mamalode, On Parenting at The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Everyday Family, Scary Mommy, BonBon Break and Club Mid. She is one of 35 essayists in the anthology, My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Leaving and Losing Friends (Fall, 2014), and has an essay in another, So Glad They Told Me: Women Get Real About Motherhood (Summer, 2016). She is also an editor at BonBon Break. Alison lives in Malaysia with her husband and four children (two boys and boy/ girl twins).
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