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A novel read halfway;

Lingers in the head every second;

You’re away from its pages;

Your mind creating all possible scenarios;

Imagining what the villain does next;

And hoping the protagonist would defeat it;

Does he get the girl?

Does she get her happy ending?

Does he get caught?

Or does she fall over a cliff?

So many questions;

Found in an unfinished book;

We read a book or watch a movie; 

To the very end to get some closure;

 A tragic end feels more settling;

Than an unexpected cliffhanger;

Why engage us the whole way; 

Only to leaving us hanging at the end?

Do we have to draw our conclusions?

And create our own ending;

Depending on our personal nature?

Gosh, I hate it when the credits roll;

When the story is unfinished.


A tragic end isn’t how a life lost;

But the premature end of life;

When his story is unfinished;

Every second that ticks away;

Someone just had his prayer answered;

Another got her happy ending;

One just had a plot twist in his life;

Another’s life just came to an abrupt end.


An unfinished business feels like wasted time;

Because until it’s completed;

The fruits of its labor can’t be enjoyed;

The opportunity cost of anything unfinished;

Can only be estimated in regret;

But can we know we are running out of time;

When we don’t know what tomorrow holds?


I don’t want to leave this world;

Without a story untold;

A compassionate act undone;

With a business unfinished.

May God give us the grace;

To live out our purpose;

To the epilogue page;

And may generations call us;

‘A life well-lived;

A race well-run;

And a course well-finished.’


© Josephine Amoako 2016


6 Comments Add yours

  1. M'afua Awo Twumwaah says:

    Cool. Thought provoking. Keep writing joseyphina.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. joseyphina says:

      Thanks, M’afua. Keep writing too 👍

      Liked by 1 person

  2. ronbrownx says:

    Thoughtful, I loved it. If a book is really good, you can’t put it down. I never leave a GOOD book unfinished. When it comes to movies and books with endings that leave you hanging, it makes me think that there’s possibly a sequel or that the author or writer doesn’t know how to end it.

    Did you ever notice that comedies or movies with a young audience in mind, seem to always end on a cheerful note?

    Also “old” movies (40,’s 50’s, 60’s) seem to always end on a good note.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. joseyphina says:

      Yes, come to think of it, those movies usually did end that way. Thanks for reading, Ron☺

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Papberry says:

    My cousin has this saying that “I will die empty!”
    We all pray for more grace and strength to live a life full of purpose on this earth, that whatever that is planted in us will be used up before we leave🙏

    Liked by 1 person

    1. joseyphina says:

      Amen to that! 🙏

      Liked by 1 person

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