Friday, September 16, 2011

the gift of mortality

so I was thinking the other day... my wierd and quirky way
the wind is blowing the autumn in
vaguely, a peaceful celebration
...celebration of death and mortality
of ingathering and finality
be it the reading of Ecclesiastes
to the gentle falling of the lifeless leaves

ah..the gift of mortality

I look around at all that surrounds me..
...from cities to arts..medicine and technology
all of it - the doing of one species..
...out of millions of co-inhabitants of the land and seas
why don't animals ever write books..or write songs?
...why - just eat, sleep, procreate and ramble along?

ahhh the answer is so obviously see
animals are completely unaware of their mortality...

I have this sneaking suspicion
that if humans did not have the cognition
the awareness that one day we'll be on our way
then we too would spend our day
grazing in the meadows..with no driven anxiety...

and friends is the gift
......of mortality



Anonymous Anonymous said...

What an appropriate time for this piece! Beautiful and insightful.

September 18, 2011 12:54 AM  
Blogger Soul Comfort said...

I never thought about it that way, but I guess it's true. I mean, look at those few who don't reflect on their mortality. They often behave exactly like animals.

September 18, 2011 10:25 AM  
Blogger Yedid Nefesh said...

interesting thought, i like how u linked it to mortality and not after life

September 18, 2011 11:11 AM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

Mortality is undeniable to all humans. It's this underlying anxiety that everyone is aware of on some level.
After life is certainly not universal and definitely deniable if you want to remove that anxiety.

September 18, 2011 12:22 PM  
Blogger Yedid Nefesh said...

good point. however, there is such a concept as human believing there are invincible and therefore mortality is an idea not quite the corner yet...

September 18, 2011 8:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a beautiful work of art...

September 18, 2011 9:49 PM  

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