The American actor-singer-dancer-comedian, Danny Kaye (1911-1987), once said, “Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can.”

It’s a quote I have always loved. What a lovely way to view life! Makes it so interesting. There’s another way to look at what Danny Kaye said though. And that is…. life gives us all a big, blank canvas to sketch out our lives. When we are done, that sketch will be our epitaph!

I don’t know why. I don’t know how. But the following lines scrolled by on my mind’s radar yesterday…..seemingly out of nowhere.

Life is but a graveyard filled with memory,

Watch out or it may feel like a penitentiary.


The tombstones will tell a tale,

A smile won, a smile lost,

A tear dried, a heart bled, 

Whose story will you regale?


No matter how hard you try,

The memories, they will arise. 


There is simply no escape,

They will come a-calling,

In all sizes and shapes, 

To engulf you in their cape. 


The choice is yours,

It’s never too late,

Tend now to your graveyard,

Or meet your fate.


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Featured Image Credit: Looking out on the vast ocean of life – Image by Lata Subramanian



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