My Last Will And Testament
by Jack Evans

If I die before I wake, I pray all these things you’ll take…

First… I give to good fathers and mothers, but intended for their children, all precious words of praise and quaint pet names. I charge said parents to use them justly and generously as the need of their children shall require…

I leave to children exclusively, but only for the life of their all too short childhood, all the dandelions of the fields, and the daises thereof, with the irrevocable right to play among them freely, according to the custom of children, disclaiming of course that there might also be thorns. Furthermore, I leave to the children the yellow trees of creeks and the golden sands beneath the waters thereof, with the dragonflies that skim the surface of said waters and silver clouds that float above the giant willows that dip into said waters. And I leave to the children, the long, long days to be merry in, in a thousand ways, and the night and the moon and the milky way to wonder at, all subject to the rights hereinafter given to lovers and I give to each child the right to choose a start that shall forever be his…

To lovers I devise their imaginary world with whatever they may need, as the stars of the sky, the red red roses by the wall, the snow of the winters, the sweet strains of music, or whatever else they may desire to figure to each other the lastingness and beauty of their love.

And to those who are no longer neither fathers, mothers, children, or lovers, I leave memory…