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Friday, June 08, 2007

Memento Mori

love don't come to us in rages,
come in melodies that vibrate
from the centre of a
cobweb shawl covering
our hearts;

know that to hold captive
in caves of your design forever,
constantly move us,
for we quickly learn
your each corner
without pausing,

don't break us
like you would break an egg;
or as I would break
each line of a poem
to make it cut itself
in shades of meaning;

but come like death,
an inevitability
that frightens many;
be proof to the existence
of mortality;

be a memento mori*
remind us that we can die
so we can get on
with loving;
yet be mortality's
medicine too;

and when we feel
the need to slip away,
be the hand that holds us
and the voice
that asks us to stay.

*Memento mori is a Latin phrase that may be freely translated as "Remember that you are mortal," "Remember you will die," or "Remember your death". It names a genre of artistic creations that vary widely from one another, but which all share the same purpose, which is to remind people of their own mortality.

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