Don’t Look Now!

By Bill Koch

You’re born. One day.

You’re a teenager. Another day.

You’re middle aged. Another day.

Another day, you’re retired.

Ten, 20, 30 years can pass between life stages.

The comfortable horizons – so warm, gentle and easy – can change in a wild, ugly moment.

What lay beyond? Why do the years and the days whip by as a mad, mischievous train? Is there some cackling, surreptitious jokester, nefarious and raging, lurking within our lives’ short shadows?