Following the Arc 


The moment I realized  

that the arc of my story 

was a forward movement, 


I was equally astonished 

to rediscover the script, 

written in advance 


of my birth, now nearly 

seventy years ago. 

The narrative disclosed 


each of the agreements 

that I had long ago signed. 

As the plot developed 


there was always notice 

given that no matter how 

many backward steps taken, 


I have been following the arc, 

a forward movement toward 

a certain ending, if not happy 


then at least well-lived,

with a final sigh of knowing, 

I did my best.




©Paul Goldman July 10, 2022

[Illustration by Catherine Madden]

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