"Last on earth, first in heaven." Hold on, for me
that doesn't work. I am first:
a servant. Seems to me the venue shouldn't make
such a difference. Can't I wear the same
or equivalent livery up there, assuming
I secure the situation, that is? I mean,
There's no guarantee. But I'd rather be last
in both places. I'd feel
kind of awkward, pomping around cloudtown
in shining raiment and a halo of laurels,
talking about some
"How ya like me now?" No.
I want to serve, first last and
always. Assuming there is
such a thing as always.
Can't I just wear my sackcloth
to the afterparty and see
what needs touching up?
Probably very little! But then,
that's what we lastcomers like
to see. We're just there in case,
in the event
of eventuality. Because we love,
first: to serve. Last, too. Why not?
Wherever we are,
we like to be.
Hair shirts, okay -
those don't suit me, but
you should see me rock a sackcloth.
I want to be last in, last out
- my usual mode. Show up on time,
not fashionably but 'umbly attired -
spiritually natty, okay perhaps. But
nothing ostentatious. Stay late
to clean up - thankless, but
task me with whatever's thankless
and guess what? You will see who
is really welcome. You are!
If someone's really welcome,
do they have to thank you? They can,
and welcome to it, but they needn't
thank me. Who needs all these
preliminaries? You can thank me
by taking advantage of the service.
If it's any advantage to you,
to do so, I mean.
So be it.
So let it be.
This is why the meek, I guess
get stuck with the earth.
Don't want to be first up there.
they've tasted last of every cup,
and found it sweet enough already
So last here, and wishing to be last
there, they get stuck here. In theory,
They are blessed with it, in theory
for their meekness. It is called
an inheritance. And perhaps it is true
that meekness is
I subscribe to the nurture vs. nature
theory, on that issue. Reportedly,
according to God's Will
as reported and recorded
in the most recent edition
of the Testament thereof, I get:
But the inheritance tax on that
is assessed perpetually.
On a quarterly basis.
Payable in pennies, so
I plan to keep busy.