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  • By Gary Inbinder

Et in Arcadia Ego

Here we lie in our bed of stone beneath a mild sky. Nicely tucked in. You and I. Did we go peacefully beneath the azure sky? Perhaps. But don’t ask why cruel Atropos snipped our cord of life.

Once wedded to an illusion, now forever parted, abandoned in this bed of stone beneath a cloud-stippled sky, our beginning is our end. We are like the worm that swallowed its tail.

Therefore, let us not pretend that our fondest hopes prevail over what is predestined. We who are dead lie forever embedded in stone beneath this mild sky. Et in Arcadia ego. No one knows why.

Gary Inbinder is a retired attorney who left the practice of law to write full-time. His fiction, articles and essays have appeared in Bewildering Stories, Halfway Down the Stairs, The Absent Willow Review, Morpheus Tales, Touchstone Magazine and other publications. Gary is a member of The Historical Novel Society and Mystery Writers of America. He is also a member of the Bewildering Stories Editorial Review Board. His Inspector Lefebvre series is published by Pegasus Books.

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