Featured Post: Happy Endings Are All Alike – Robert G Wertzler

My first contribution for the Happy Endings Are All Alike prompt

Brave & Reckless

“Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way” (Tolstoy)

Is it true of happy endings
What Tolstoy said of families
Or, are they all different?
I think endings come in
Different kinds we can
Remember as happy
Whether or not they may
Have felt so at the time
There can be relief that
Something is finally over
The anesthetic of memory can
Dull the pain given years to work
And paint over a dark scene
With brighter, rosy colors
But with new understandings
A remembered happy picture
Can be repainted with the
Far darker shades of regret or guilt
And if an ending is of the
“Happily ever after” kind,
Is it an ending or a beginning?
Perhaps I’ll set another story teller
Over against Mr. Tolstoy then

“The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” (Faulkner)


Bob Wertzler is retired from almost…

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