HOW I FEEL ABOUT MY LIFE COMING TO AN END WHEN IT’S COMING TO AN END, by Milton P. Ehrlich

HOW I FEEL ABOUT MY LIFE
COMING TO AN END
WHEN IT’S COMING TO AN END

by Milton P. Ehrlich

At the age of 85,
it feels like my life is over.
The rest is just gravy—
nothing but an encore.
My audience can’t stop
yelling Bravo!, Bravissimo!
I’ve taken my final bows,
saunter off stage to take
a peek and catch a glimpse
of those who still
remain standing and
can’t stop applauding.

Milton P. Ehrlich, Ph.D. is an 86-year-old psychologist. He is also a Korean War veteran who has published many poems in periodicals such as the Wisconsin Review, Descant, Toronto Quarterly Review, Chariton Review, Vox Poetica, Red Wheelbarrow, Christian Science Monitor, Huffington Post, and The New York Times.

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One thought on “HOW I FEEL ABOUT MY LIFE COMING TO AN END WHEN IT’S COMING TO AN END, by Milton P. Ehrlich

  1. “The rest is just gravy”—”those who still remain standing and can’t stop applauding” At 66 I already know what this feels like. But, this poem doesn’t reflect bitterness or hopelessness just a contented satisfaction and a wry understanding of the applause. This poem is wonderfully, sagely done.

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