See Below for Details / D.G. Geis

                                  “Happiness isn’t any easier to explain.”
                                                          –Lawrence Raab

Life is loss.

From Kindergarten on,
we live by subtraction.

The reason things don’t add up
is because they keep disappearing.

Your dog
when you were seven.

Your virginity
when you were sixteen.

The friend who–one fine day–decided
to zero out his own equation.

A wife debited from your account
and credited to some other guy’s.

Your health
(unless you consider cancer an addition).

The parent
you loved the most,

leaving you, of course, to care for the parent
you love the least.

The very hair on your head
which is said to be numbered.

Said number being deducted daily
from the top end of your bottom line.

If only we could depreciate life
on a straight line basis,

accruing a reasonable allowance
for the exhaustion, wear, tear

and obsolescence of business assets;
to wit, ourselves.

Credited at the end of our life
as the extension of a few more days.

But double entry bookkeeping
is not an accepted business practice

with the Great Accounting Board
in the Sky,

which prefers a simpler method
of reckoning—amortization,

a form of diminution
in which your debt is reduced daily

until it is finally (i.e. ultimately) extinguished,
roughly matching the asset’s expense

with the revenue it has generated.
Or in layman’s terms:

“…and then you die”.