Last Smile - Poem by Patti Masterman
I was always good at ignoring inconvenient truths
And the obvious I missed altogether.
I always saw the whole truth, but sometimes not for years.
I know now when I breathe my last,
And they lay two shiny coins on my eyelids,
And pay that man to come take away my body,
I will be wearing a smile.
Because at the very last moment of life,
I will no longer be able to delude myself
About what was important and what didn't matter;
Or what was real and what was a fiction,
When suddenly all things will reveal either the truth or the lie-
But I will also know that none of it can matter to me, ever again;
And I will just have to smile, in my newfound wisdom-
Just once; knowing there were never really any winners or losers
At this once-upon-a-time game, called life.
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