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