Sunday, June 19, 2016

The Little Death


photo by Marnie Creamer


Death says to Night,
"I do not always come at two a.m., you know.
Sometimes it's 11:15 in the morning.
Just depends on when the moving hand has writ*."

Night replies, "Every midnight,
when they close their eyes
and enter the little death* of sleep,
they are practising
for the moment
you arrive."


* "The moving finger writes and, having writ, moves on." Omar Khayyam.
* the little death ascribed to Arthur Schopenhauer. I next went to read the other poems and discovered that jabblog and I had the same idea and even a shared quote. Synchronicity.

For the Sunday Mini Challenge at Real Toads: The Sisters - Death and Night. (Formidable sisters!) Do check it out. There are some wonderful responses to this prompt.

12 comments:

  1. So ture and we should be ready for snything taht iso n the plate.

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  2. The thought of practicing for that final moment is excellent...

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  3. Hopefully Death will arrive in similar fashion.

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  4. I love Death's insouciance, 'I do not always come at two a.m., you know' - better be prepared!

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  5. So interesting, the idea of sleep being a little death. We all appreciate sleep but fear death.

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  6. A beautiful poem! We do not know the time, thank goodness.

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  7. Yes, this echoes all the feelings that night and death seem to share--last lines are especially pertinent and sharp. Life rehearses us for death, with sleep.

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  8. You and Bjorn seem to have been swimming in the same waters for this prompt, and I love it. Just like I said about his poem, If night/sleep is practice, then death might be full of wondrous dreams.

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  9. I've put my order in to pass from the little death of sleep directly into the 'moment' when Death arrives.

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  10. Oh my Sherry, you have handled this challenge fabulously.

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  11. How out of practice I am! My little death is so interspersed with periods of wakefulness that it's a wonder that Death knows my address!

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  12. This is thought-provoking, Sherry, and quite eerie...thinking about going to sleep each night as a 'little death.'

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