Memorial Day: My Life, by Hal O’Leary

Memorial Day: My Life, by Hal O’Leary
My Life, by Hal O'Leary

My Life, by Hal O'Leary

It’s true, that in my youth, I was beset

With fear that I might lose my life, and yet

I must say that the fear was quite offset

By treating life just as I did roulette.

I’d go all out and never hedge a bet.

The fear of loss was one I’d never met.

I’d raise the stakes and never break a sweat.

My life became an appetite to whet,

A banquet that I never will forget.


And now, a member of the senior set,

I may be past my prime, but I don’t fret.

I’ve used life well, and now I’m pleased to let

The ones that follow get their tootsies wet.

And true to form, I hope that they can net

A life like mine, for now that I’m a vet,

There’s little more that I could hope to get,

And as the end draws near, with no regret,

Old death becomes a promise, not a threat.

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Hal O’Leary is an eighty-seven-year-old Secular Humanist who believes that it is only through the arts that one is afforded an occasional glimpse into the otherwise incomprehensible. He has been awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from West Liberty University.

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