shutterstock_29736928 The Greatest Story Ever Told

©2013 Louise Gallagher

I like to read
the ending of a story
first
flipping forward
skipping through time
to find that place
where strings are strung
together
threads are woven
into that place
where everyone lives happy
together ever after.

I like to read
the ending
first
finding that place
where life unfolds
backwards
to a beginning
where disparate threads
dangle
inticingly like cotton
candy swirls trapped
upon a cardboard tube
sharp end up
waiting
for a deft hand
to spin the strands
together
into a cocoon of sugary pink
perfection

Endings are perfect.

I like to read
the ending
first to know
who did it
did he get the girl
forever
did the eagle land
safely
did the ugly duckling
grow beautiful
becoming the swan
who skipped forward
through time avoiding
the pain of learning
how to fly

I like to read
the ending
first
but first
I must live
this moment
to find the beginning
where love grows
into being
you and me, forever
in the greatest story
ever told.

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