Judgement, it seems, is an irrevocable facet of being a member of society. A silent force like a hidden stream buried deep within one’s self but a raging torrent in many others. Judged by one’s garments, judged by the company we repeatedly keep and judged by the record of our dealings. If we are considered fat or skinny, youthful or old, beautiful or ugly down to the tenor of taut muscle and full breast. This panel of judges is made up of our peers and the larger contentious shell of custom and codified practice denoting appropriate proper behavior for which ignorance is never considered an excuse. There is of course a higher law that is laid down before we are born and handed down implicitly upon us as our upbringing from infant to child to man. The example for better or worse that we are fated to follow and struggle against depending upon the legacy of our forebears. The measure of one’s life is never in question in youth but becomes paramount as one’s existence nears its conclusion. The weight of the bigger questions that seem to require no answer beyond action now framed in so many fractured consequences of lifelong attachments gone wrong. The analogies of rocks and heavy timbers weighing heavily upon future discretions as the sand in the hourglass seems to more quickly dwindle. One finds oneself caught in their own trap of wily habits and outmoded hopes carried around like frayed banners that seem tarnished to everyone after too many years of serving as a standard except of course for ourselves. For the lucky few, the amalgamation of their experience is celebrated right or wrong by the larger engine of contemporary society as framed by the political focus of the moment. But for most, if not seemingly all, ignominy and regret become the ague that rots away self respect until one’s life achievements seem as nothing more than passing dust in the great enigma of the cosmos. Even the greatest of crimes and the most magnificent of triumphs pale with age and fade into the ultimate judgement of invisibility of an anonymous present tense.