Monday Morning Poetry, September 4

Into Extra Time

(On reading Michael Paul Gallagher’s

        Into Extra Time)


If there is a “time for everything,”

is there time for extra time?


For some, the death sentence is immediate –

a fatal stroke or heart attack ending one’s life.

For others, death lingers,

waiting in the wings, ever close at hand.


For these who are given extra time

choices await – how to spend it.


To be productive, to be grateful,

to receive love from others and return it,

to embrace while fighting vulnerability,

a noble way to die; a noble way to live.


Robert Morneau