Aphelion Issue 236, Volume 23
February 2019
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When the Future Comes

What I will do, and Why I feel like this is a TED talk

by Jean Jones

My friend Danny says life for him is a Saturday.

Like a friend wrote to me, "I've spent
too much of my life on Wednesday and Thursday,"

One day it will be Sunday but until
that day everyday is a Saturday for him.

Shades of 1999 by Prince:
"I'm going to party like it's 1999."

I was talking with some friends about
the rash of suicides lately—

People say they want to live forever,
but they don't.

The number one use of a gun, statistically,
in a home, is to help kill its owner.

Everyone living has a choice:
live or die.

Some people choose slow suicide,
and like myself, have eaten or are
eating themselves to death…

Shades of 1999 by Prince:
"I'm going to party like it's 1999."

Some are too afraid to choose.
Some people choose death.

I confronted my choice
one day a long time ago:

Too afraid to pull the trigger.
Too scared of the darkness.

I chose life then…
I choose life today.

Shades of 1999 by Prince:
"I'm going to party like it's 1999."

One day She will find me.
But I'm in no hurry…

She will find me
But I will make Her work
to find me.

2018 Jean Jones

Jones attended St. Andrews University in Laurinburg, earned his MFA from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, and now teaches at Cape Fear Community College. His numerous poetry collections include “Beyond Good and Evil” (1999) and “Birds of Djakarta” (2008).

You can find him at starnewsonline.com

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