2020: Last Will and Testament© (a poem)

Before-word: 2020! What a year it’s been?! It started out as merry and promising as any other year. Sure, there were some rumblings about a “novel virus” but nothing to disrupt partying, merrymaking, living, working, schooling. Or so we thought. As the year is about to come to an end, as is often the case, I’m in a reflective mood—recalling the lessons/blessings, the ups/downs, the losses/gains. Imagine attributing human characteristics to this tumultuous year, what would you say about it? I’d say: “2020: The Last Will & Testament”.


I, the 20th year of the 3rd millennium, familiarly known to all people as 2020
Having endured a painful long battle with the novel corona virus
And suffered from multiple heart attacks caused by global suffering and dying
Realizing that on the 31st day of December
The end of my life will be signaled with one final exhale
Pressed out by the rhythmic predictable unchanging passing of time
Have therefore, with urgency, commissioned the writing of my last will and testament


I, 2020, was born to parents 2018 and 2019
People of every nation celebrated the eve of my birth
Some with prayers and others with merriment
For none knew what I had in store


In the months of my infancy hope abounded
Resolutions made to stop doing this and start doing that
In the months of my childhood and the unfolding of my adulthood
A virus unleashed sickness, death and fear everywhere
Resolutions soon forgotten, newness soon faded


But, nothing is ever really new

For—what has been— is what will be
And —what is—has been already in the ages before us
And like those before me and those after me, time will cease
For death will always impose his final goodbye


To you I have no things to leave
For property or material things I do not accumulate
To my successor—2021—I hereby appoint 12 months of 365 days


I give, devise and bequeath in equal shares to you TIME

Time for LIFE, live fully in each moment
Time for PEACE, may it not be disrupted
Time for FAITH, may it not falter
Time for HOPE, may it not fade
Time for JOY, may it not cease
Time for LOVE, may it not die
Time for LIFE, lived fully for eternity


In Witness Whereof,

I hereby subscribe my name to this Last Will and Testament as of the date of my death set forth below—

NAME: 2020

DEATH DATE: 31st December


Thanks for reading. I’d like to hear your views—you can hit any of the “share this” icons or the “like” star or “leave a reply” or “follow”.

In creative solidarity, Dee

6 thoughts on “2020: Last Will and Testament© (a poem)

  1. Gail Masondo

    I dont always comment but I do read many of your works and wanted to tell you on this 28th day of December that I appreciate you and your gift of writing..hugs and prayers ..Aunt Gail

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    1. Hi auntGail … I was sure I replied to your comment and realizing now I didn’t. Thank you for ALL — from you it means so very much. Thanks for the positive feedback and support. Love, Dee

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  2. nola estwick

    A very novel and creative idea to personify the year and make him speak!! He sure had a rough time but through all his tribulations he will soon make it peacefully to his grave. The birth of the new year leaves us wondering how she will go but we have our Companion to traverse this untried territory.

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  3. nola

    A very novel and creative idea to personify the year and make him speak!! He sure had a rough time but through all his tribulations he will soon make it peacefully to his grave. The birth of the new year leaves us wondering how she will go but we have our Companion to traverse this untried territory.

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