In my declining years I said no to death and to Heaven said hello.
As John Wayne said when you gotta go you gotta go.
A man must do what a man must do, that’ll be the day.
Parents of teenage daughters get down on your knees and pray.
I spent my young years in thrall to the silver screen.
Then came Bill Haley, Elvis and James Dean.
Popcorn and ice cream.
Then came the words The End, the national anthem drives me round the bend.
All stand up and home we go.
Jukebox cure my woe.
Rock’n’roll and dancing and romancing.
I never said no.
Now at last life comes to an end.
I am remembered by a friend.
Glorious technicolour, wide screen.
Death of a human being.
I did not want to go, I fought against it to the last.
I have a wonderful past.
I remember you and you remember me.
The best is yet to be.
At last I’m free.
11th December, 2017
Dedicated to the memory of Michael O’Brien