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before and after

before & after

before the meeting of
“the one,” s/he had the 
clock ticking in his/her head---
tick tock tick tock &
every day could be written down
ahead of time, scripted like a
horribly mundane & clichéd 
movie---one where the audience
gets up & leaves or spends the
time yelling at the screen.

before, life had lost its flavor &
the cruel realities of age had begun
to creep into the face, carving
deep lines that s/he couldn’t scrub
off & that just wouldn’t budge
when smeared with the most 
expensive anti-wrinkle cream
s/he could find on the market.

and then, oh then, the world 
seemed to flip right over, shining
what appeared to be a warm
comfortable spotlight on our 
tick tocking wretch---for s/he
“had found the person that s/he’d
always been looking for” &
all of a sudden his/her world
made sense, so down went the
scriptwriting pen & a life of
living in the moment, enjoying
the perceived beauty of the 
present, engulfed the once 

cut to after---because all “good”
things come to an end, as they say:
didn’t end through ****ing outside
the happy dappy, didn’t end due
to financial ruin on either part, no
boredom had grown in the heads of
either---fair to say they’d been
ecstatic right up to the bitter end &
the bitter end occurred when
one got sick & the other didn’t.

the one who didn’t get sick
goes back to the script, back to
the predictable, back to the tick
tock tick tock, back to the 
mundane, the cliché, all with
the notion that “the one” was
just another that would leave
them, regardless of their hopes,
their dreams & a will to do

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