When it’s time

 
 
Couldn’t sleep
could not eat
could not keep the hours
and
the powers that be
decided he
and as you know
he means me,
should go.
 
I went
willingly
as if will alone was
willing me
on.
 
‘Advance and be recognized’
 
as if anyone else would want
to set eyes upon this place,
 
it’s me,
he cried
and we
all laughed
because
life’s like that.

© 2019, John Smallshaw.