The Lives of the Dead

Some of the most interesting people I meet are dead…

In a Flash



I never had much luck in love.   Most relationships barely got started before they were over.  I accepted this as my destiny and made a life without romance.  And then, when I was in my late 40’s, I met my soulmate.  We were quickly inseparable. We’d found each other and we weren’t letting go.  Finally, I understood viscerally what poets and writers and lyricists wrote about.

It felt miraculous.  It felt destined.  It felt absolutely right.   At last, there was somebody who understood me; someone who wanted my happiness more than they wanted their own.  I became a new human being.  I blossomed.  I felt things I’d never felt before. I saw other human beings through a different lens, viewed the world from a different perspective.   I was joyful. I was happy.

And then, tragedy., insanity. A robbery.  A shooting.  Death.  And suddenly,  I was alone again,  my happiness shattered.  It had taken so long for us to find each other, and we were so uniquely suited.  How could I hope to ever find that again?   I could not return to my old life, being happily content without love.  I missed it like a brutally sawn-off leg.

That phantom limb pained and grieved me to the end of my days.



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4 thoughts on “In a Flash

  1. newboldwitch on said:

    I always enjoy your posts no matter what the subject, but I would love to have known if they were reunited in the spirit world. It seemed such a hard lesson for him to learn that happiness in life is not a given and that the old saying that it’s better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all is a good way to view the physical life. Blessed Be. Anne

    Sent from my Samsung Galaxy smartphone.

  2. I’m not even sure it was a man… I couldn’t tell. I would like to believe they found each other again. I believe we are reincarnated again and again with the same group, but we play different roles each time.

  3. Janet Pipes on said:

    Did the person learn anything?

  4. Good question. I suppose there’s always a lesson to be had from pain, if you look for it. As I always say… “Shit’s fertilizer.”

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