The clock has stopped, the year is 2087;
My life is flashing me by, as I climb my stairway into heaven.
My wife and son are at my bedside saying their final goodbye;
I tell my son I am so proud of him, as I watch a tear fall from my Wife’s eye.
November 2086, we walk hand in hand from the hospital, our lips tremble after being told I only have 2 months left to live;
This cancer has finally beaten me, my will power has nothing left to give.
I am 80 years old in September 2080, whilst my son celebrates his 50th year;
Watching him grow into the man standing before me has been a blessing, happiness is now responsible for me crying this tear.
A mass earthquake hitting 12.8 drowns Japan in March 2073;
The maps will now have to be re-written as the country now belongs to the sea.
2065. it’s now time for me to put this pen down and for me to retire;
In March of this year thousands of people perish in L.A’s greatest ever forest fire.
The early part of the 2060’s were spent exploring with my wife, but all the parks had gone, replaced with just another home;
Kids walking around listening to the new craze of music, on their virtual mobile phone.
The streets go on for miles now, where use to stand trees now lays concrete;
It’s been years now since that day when we felt the grass beneath our feet.
A moment in history, as America are the first to send a manned mission to Mars;
2058 was the year Earths fossil fuels disappeared, making science look for a new home for us in the stars.
2055, I’m starting to feel old, grey hairs starting to show;
My wife still looks so amazing, she will never lose that loving glow.
2051 was the year the world watched on, as Russia offered the first 30 day space holiday, a cruise to the stars;
It was the same year BMW and AUDI, manufactured the world’s first flying cars.
Endangered animals are starting to fall from the planet, never to been seen again;
No more tigers, no more elephants, no more sharks and no more rhinos, all lost forever, made extinct by men.
In June 2047 Mount Vesuvius awoke, wiping Italian Naples away in the world’s most violent volcanic eruption;
Just under 3 million people died that day, reminding us all of a broken planets wrath of destruction.
2042 was a year I will never forget, as Arsenal won all 4 trophies, as well as England winning the world cup in the USA;
My 12 year old son and I watched the final against Brazil, making memories which would stay with us until my dying day.
The summer of 2040 shows my little family on holiday in San Francisco, taking pictures of us all overlooking the golden gate;
My Son bugging us every second to go to the cinema, to see virtual reality Toy Story 8.
September 2035 is my Sons first day at school, it feels so surreal as we watch him walking away, turning back to wave us goodbye;
I put my arm around my beautiful Wife, as I watch her eyes fill up to cry.
Its 11:11am on the 1st of November 2030, my amazing wife has just given birth to our first baby boy;
We named him Dylan, and when I held him in my arms it brings me a new definition to the word joy.
A flash takes me to March 2030, we have just finished decorating our first proper home, and I am covered from head to toe in paint;
My glowing Wife walks in smiling as she announces “I am pregnant, I did a test, as I was 2 weeks late”.
1st of August 2025, I watched my stunning wife to be walking down the aisle, as I stood waiting for her to say those words I do;
It was the happiest day of my life, a day to remember, when all of my dreams came true.
My 21st birthday in 2021, my fiancé surprises me with a cruise around the Caribbean Sea;
In Kingston town I fought back my nerves, knelt down, and asked her to marry me.
Love makes me float like a butterfly, but pain can sting you like a bee;
On the 10th of May 2019 my Mother passes away, and my girlfriend helps me scatter her ashes out to sea.
Christmas 2018 over dinner, my Mother announces she has a disease that starts with a C and in more ways than one ends with an R;
Over the years technology has moved forward, but a medical cure is still just that bridge to far.
2017 was the year I glanced up and I locked eyes with my future Wife;
It was like meeting my best friend, my soul partner, the person who I was destined to share my life.
2013 was the year Prince William was crowned as the new king, and to combat terrorism he will personally do all that he can;
The government cause mass rioting on the streets, by enforcing a complete immigration ban.
A day in British history was the 21st of December 2012, when al Qaeda hijacked 3 planes, with the pure intent of malice;
They bring down the planes into Big Ben, London Bridge and into Buckingham palace.
14,421 people died that day, sadly the dead included Prince Charles and the Queen;
Images the news broadcast that night were the most surreal pictures my young years has ever seen.
March 11th 2011 over 10,000 people die, as a tsunami and an 8.9 earthquake brings Japan shaking to its knees;
Our planet is breaking, ice caps are melting, and we have already cut down over 30% of the world’s trees.
My 10th birthday is spent with my Mother and friends, making sandcastles and splashing in the sea;
We had fish and chips on the promenade, then to the cinema to watch Toy Story 3.
June 2009 my father packs a suitcase with no goodbye, he didn’t even talk;
My Mother is upstairs silent, as the news headlines announce the loss of the inventor to the moonwalk.
Summer of 2007 was the first time I felt my body fly;
My Mum and Dad take me to Florida, I felt like I was an eagle soaring high up in the sky.
September 2005 was my very first day at school, I remember I missed my Mum and all I wanted to do was cry;
She let go of my hand at the door, as I turned back to wave her goodbye.
On my 1st birthday all I can remember was everyone watching the television, whilst I just sat there and played;
They were watching a film about aeroplanes flying into buildings, and all they kept saying was the same words “World Trade”.
Its September the 11th 2000, everything is so bright, shadows of people all seem to be smiling with joy;
Somebody places me into a pretty ladies arms, as she whispers out “Hello my little boy”
Then everything goes dark, from black into a soft shade of blue, it’s the same colour as the sky;
I have made it up in to heaven, my life has just flashed me by.
BARRY MOWLES ©2011