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How do you measure a life?

The number of pairs of shoes you should stay in a job? The number of keys you own? The things you don't own?

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How many pairs of shoes should you stay in a job?

Only two pairs of shoes.

Any more and you’re walking in circles.

How many pairs of shoes should you stay in a life?

I don’t know.

Can a life be measured by the number of keys one owns?

I noticed today that I have only one key

on my keyring.

Do I even need a key ring?

I’d have thought I’d need at least

5 keys as proof of adulthood.

Proof of existence.

A jailer’s set.

Little shiny trophies of responsibility.

But there’s a strange freedom with just one.

Less worry?

A single key in the palm of my hand:

that life really is simple and relatively unowned.

And I rarely lock my front door –

I may as well be keyless

when all I truly need are the keyless doors of

life and death.

Tonight, in my little flat,

I am full of music.

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