In time I will expire.
I have no expiration date.

How did an omniscient god
not print this number somewhere on my body?

How may I budget my retirement
without this detail?

What if I run out of money
before the end?

What if my excess capital
causes my inheritors to fight

and squander their inheritance
on lawyers?

I will pre-designate
those who preserve the landscape

of hills and woods once soaked red
with American blood.

copyright © 2022 Kenneth P. Gurney

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