Five-word epitaphs

A friend of mine was telling a funny story about confronting her aunt with a mysterious name mentioned in her will. Her aunt just laughed and said, “I ain’t got any secrets.” My friend decided this was a perfect five-word epitaph and then, of course, we kept trying to come up with our own five-word epitaphs. We soon realized that we weren’t actually willing to admit that our own life might be summed up in only five words.

Still, it’s an entertaining exercise. (Oooo, a five-word life philosophy?)

WordPress sends out daily one-word prompts, which I read in case that might be just the inspiration I need to post something. I never actually follow through (OK, maybe once), but some bloggers do great stuff with these prompts. I’ve thought about experimenting with micro/flash fiction, but today I just decided to take the five most recent words and use them to create some five-word epitaphs.

This collaboration lasted 57 years

The qualm before the (hell)storm

Over the precipice of life

My grave is your heritage

The farce was strong here

 

4 thoughts on “Five-word epitaphs

  1. See you next time around.

    Life’s getting better every time.

    Here lies a starving artist.

    Taken from a short car ride with Judy, Clare and Alex.

    On May 19, 2017 11:48 AM, “Thoughts from the back” wrote:

    Nancy posted: “A friend of mine was telling a funny story about confronting her aunt with a mysterious name mentioned in her will. Her aunt just laughed and said, “I ain’t got any secrets.” My friend decided this was a perfect five-word epitaph and then, of course, we k”

  2. You gotta die of Something.

    (Incomplete thought.
    The full item actually is intended as, “You gotta die of Something.
    It might as well be either Deep-Fried or Dipped In Chocolate.”)

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