Before and After
What is my luck ?
Before I was conceived, God knew me;
After I was conceived, my mother knew of me.
Before I was born, my mother carried me;
After I was born, my mother held me.
Before I could walk, I had much out loud to say;
After I could walk, I wanted to have only my way.
Before my school years ended, I chose whenever, whatever, wherever, to play;
After my school years ended, I was told when, what, and where, to work.
Before my work years began, time passed slowly, much too quickly;
After my work years began, time passed quickly, much too slowly.
Before falling in love, my feelings were of my own;
After falling in love, my feelings were obsessively owned.
Before getting married, I experienced loneliness alone;
After getting married, I experienced aloneness together.
Before having children, I worried a lot;
After having children, I worried a lot more.
Before my retirement, I always had too much to do;
After my retirement, I never had to do too much.
Before my salvation, I was assured of what I knew;
After my salvation, I knew of what I was assured.
Before I died, the meaning of life was disputable;
After I died, the meaning of my life became irrevocable.
What is your luck ?
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