posted on Mar, 1 2017 @ 07:12 AM
(Just for a bit of fun.)
MAYBE THIS TIME I'll LEARN
...another Saturday, another "couple" of drinks that turned into way too many.
I remember stumbling into the bed in the spare room, like so many other times before, but this time... something was... different. Sleep came swiftly,
the heavy eyelids... the weight of the day pulling me down deeper into the warmth of my slumber between the bedsheets.
...and then the faint glimmer of a distant light. Sparkling like a star on a cold dark December night, but growing... getting larger and larger.
A whisper of sound wafted through my head, like a massive orchestra tuning up but waaaay off in the distance. Heavenly trumpets and horns, was that
You have GOT to be KIDDING ME??
The light grew bigger and stronger with the rising volume of the orchestral sounds as it approached, when I suddenly twigged that it was ME who had
been moving towards it! My whole body was floating, drifting towards the orchestra, joined now by a choir of ethereal voices in my head. Unearthly
sounds, almost like a piece of classical music played in reverse.
It swirled and twisted and rose and then fell, rhythmically disorienting me completely. The light now flooded my vision, sparkling pearlescent ivories
and golds washed over me, as I raised my hand to shield myself from its glare.
Then, I saw it... a huge white marble staircase rising between two massive ornate pillars of gold... and I was pulled towards it...
"oh no.... NO! This can't be happeni... no... surely... no.. it's not my time..."
The anger and denial rose within me and then, slowly... the tears of realisation began to fall.
As my foot fell on the first magnificent step, the whole staircase began to glide upwards and the beautiful golden pillars quickly faded from view.
My thoughts instantly turned to my wife... and so many of the things left unsaid... and I thought about my boys... what would happen to them now
without me to guide them?
The staircase glided upwards and onwards through clouds of white and pearl until there, in the distance I could see the faint outline of a massive
"You REALLY HAVE GOT to be KIDDING ME!!!"
It was your archetypical "pearly gates" vision of the hereafter, complete with old guy in white robes and beard... and there... beside him...
Was that my mum? My dad??? My vision blurred as the tears returned with a salty vengeance... my old pal Chris who had died so young was there and is
that SPOT my old Collie dog?
I found myself smiling as acceptance of the inevitable finally swept over me...
"SPOT! Spotty Boy!!! I'm HERE!!"
His ears perked up, as his head whipped around... tail wagging furiously now as he cocked his head in that old familiar way.
The stairs began to slowly drift to a stop just a few feet from the gates... so I swallowed hard, wiped the last tears from my eyes and stepped
forward to face my fate.
I stretched out my hand towards the magnificently radiant pearl & gold structure before me and for the first time in a long while, felt completely at
As my fingertip reached the cold metal latch of the gate...
MEEP. MEEP. MEEP. MEEP. MEEP. MEEP.
"What the..? ugh?? what just... is it..? huh?"
My finger slipped from the golden latch... and hit the button on my alarm clock, halting the horrible beeping noise that signalled morning. God I
HATED that Alarm Clock! But boy was I ever so glad to hear it THIS morning!
"Ok, Coffee.... I NEED Coffee!! and I'm never gonna drink THAT stuff EVER again..."