All or nothing

Do you save it, or do you
spend it; and do you spend it
all, or do you save some
for an indeterminate time
in a future you’re no longer
sure you’ll get to. Do you eat
the sugar, or do you practice
abstinence; do you wait
with extra patience or do you
sprint the final mile until
you drop just before the thin
ribbon marking the finish line;
do you take the silver candle-
sticks out of their wrapping
paper, the wedding plates,
the beaded coat. Do you have
any more time left, can you
plan a concert, write another
book, think of how you can
progress, do you finally want
to do the things you’ve always
wanted to do but didn’t.

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