Life or Death?
Which is the greater perplexer?
Ay, but to die, and go we know not where:
To lie in cold obstruction and to rot.
William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure.
Life and death
The scientific mysteries of life
In a mechanical universe
Mirrors the enigma of death
In a fully living animistic one.
Our ancestors inhabited a world
Where warm, moving bodies
Would regularly stop, grow cold, and decay.
As puzzling as life is for us,
So was death for them.
But we moderns still feel the influence
Of ancient solutions to the death puzzle.
The whistling of the wind,
The changing phases of the moon,
The twinkling, turning stars—
These eternal celestial bodies move as they will.
But, what happened to the will of the warrior
Whose heart had beat so hot a moment ago,
And is now a cold corpse in a pool of blood?
Death or life,
Which is the grearter perplexer?
Poetry by Ashe
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Written on 2017-08-22 at 17:54
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