I love the phrase 'The Living End' - I don't know whether it's known in all places, but as I know it it's not judgmental; when you call somebody "He's the living end" or "It's the living end", he's eccentric but he's benignly accepted, he's not severely judged.

The Living End

Before long the end
Of the beginning
Begins to bend
To the beginning
Of the end you live
With some misgivings
About what you did.

From The Niche Narrows: New and Selected Poems (Talisman House Publishers, 2000), copyright © Samuel Menashe 2000, used by permission of The Library of America for the Estate of the author

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