His last day

05 Apr


It is his last day.

It feels ordinary.

He wakes early and showers. The water is hot needles stinging his skin. He drives into town for a haircut and buys crusty fresh bread, marinated olives, goats’ cheese, and red wine. The girl at the checkout is pretty and young, and has flawless brown skin. She returns his smile. Of course, she doesn’t know.

Back home in the garden a fresh wind is making the white cherry blossom dance and is scaring the new leaves on the horse-chestnut tree. Some float to the ground, light green fingers outstretched. The sky is grey and featureless, yet with a rumour of blue. He walks in the garden, amongst the shrubs, bushes, trees and bubbling bird song. The world around him is bursting with new life. He is suddenly aware of his own mortality.

After lunch, with the air mild enough for him to sit on the terrace, he reads. He holds his breath as a bold, bright butterfly alights on a page and opens and closes her exotic, delicate wings. He sighs at her beauty. His phone buzzes like an insect, and beauty is doubled.

He contemplates the evening ahead. An early dinner in an Italian restaurant and then the theatre. It will be perfect, yet the hours will pass far too quickly.

And then the night will end it.

It his last day

He will be a another year older tomorrow.



© the author writing as Romantic Dominant

Art by Salvador Dali




Posted by on April 5, 2014 in Uncategorized


46 responses to “His last day

  1. ekidon

    April 5, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    Reblogged this on My thoughts of her daily. and commented:
    I know these feelings.


  2. Joseph McNamara

    April 5, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    And as this “Last Day” passes into twilight, a “Happy Birthday” at dawn’s early light, to hopefully contemplate, savor, and dream of the salacious, decadent and cultured world that titillates his sense of coveted life’s blessings and yearned for diversions… and more…

    Liked by 1 person

  3. suzisummer

    April 5, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    I appreciate the cycles of nature as each season unfolds more each and every year that passes, yet find it more difficult to accept my own cycles as I age. It takes my mind a little longer to adjust to a new year in my life as I mature. My wish for you is for a happy new year of your life. May it be filled with love, peace, and serenity.


  4. lostgenny

    April 5, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    Sounds like a wonderful way to spend a birthday eve… and tomorrow is the First Day ~ to be celebrated! xo


  5. dievca

    April 5, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    As time marches on, may it be filled with an endless array of emotions on which you can feast.


  6. Maggie Carpenter

    April 5, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    The key is not to blink. When you blink, it seems time accelerates…


  7. lesliemeeks

    April 5, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    It sounds as If your day has been filled with much beauty. Happy Birthday Eve RD!!! Beautifully written.


  8. Mandy the Quiet (@69quietgirl)

    April 5, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    Wishing you a very happy birthday for tomorrow (hmm – an Aries, eh?) As ever, beautifully and spine-tinglingly written!


  9. b.l. ronan

    April 5, 2014 at 11:08 pm

    The passing of time has always held a certain sadness for me, yet it is in the blossoming buds of renewal that a new and vast world lay at my feet. May tomorrow’s possibilities revive you and ignite another year of vibrancy and passion. Happiest of birthdays x


  10. Heartafire

    April 5, 2014 at 11:54 pm

    Happy birthday and many more Mr. D. Have a wonderful day!


  11. mybhm

    April 6, 2014 at 12:10 am

    love all of the writing in this one! Sights sounds and observations, great feeling all together


  12. Ophelia (@edgeofpoisonivy)

    April 6, 2014 at 11:41 am

    x Happy Birthday 🙂 x


  13. FMG

    April 11, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    its been a while since i visited your site, and i always admire the way u express your art…


  14. Romantic Dominant

    April 5, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    Reblogged this on A Faded Romantic's Notebook and commented:

    Re-blogged for obvious reasons


  15. lesliemeeks

    April 5, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    Yes he will and I can’t wait to wish him the Happiest of Birthdays.

    Until.. Smiles

    Liked by 1 person

  16. Ember

    April 5, 2015 at 6:16 pm

    The obvious reason is a blessing on its own. Greetings, Sir. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  17. missmirthe

    April 5, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    Happy birthday mr.R.D., cheers, may you live long and happy x

    Liked by 2 people

  18. Heartafire

    April 5, 2015 at 11:51 pm

    Many happy returns Mr. D

    Liked by 1 person

  19. sweetsilverkitten

    April 6, 2015 at 9:50 am

    Happy birthday! One year older, one year wiser. ☺

    Liked by 1 person

  20. newsubmissivestranger

    April 6, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    Happy Birthday Sir…age makes us better 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  21. Rena after Dark

    April 6, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    Belated happy birthday!
    I hope yesterday turned out to be a good day, and that the new year will bring you whatever you wish for. Xx

    Liked by 1 person

  22. Mia Beleza

    April 23, 2015 at 1:01 am

    Beautiful type words always touch my heart and soul.

    Liked by 1 person


Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: