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What the Old Man Said

“Life has to be given a meaning because of the obvious fact that it has no meaning.”
Henry Miller

“There is not one big cosmic meaning for all; there is only the meaning we each give to our life, an individual meaning, an individual plot, like an individual novel, a book for each person.”
Anais Nin

“Disneyland remains the central attraction of Southern California, but the graveyard remains our reality.”
Charles Bukowski

“The point is there ain’t no point.”
Cormac McCarthy


What the Old Man Said

In the end what will it matter
if we lived or how we died
when our ashes have been scattered
when the mourners’ tears are dried

When the lilies have all faded
and the obits have been read
our lives will not be graded
in spite of what they said

The point is that there is none
We are because we are
There is no task to get done
no way to earn a star

Drain life’s cup to the bottom
and do the best you can
Troubles?  We all got ‘em
After all, you’re just a man.

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