An Autumn Dance of Death

bees hive

Female worker bees are working long hours

gathering autumn nectar for the colony’s winter.

Like me, they’re storing carbohydrates and protein

for when they stay inside, although unlike

bees, I hope not to die there.

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Shades

moon thru trees

 

Here, under the trees, there’s no sunlight,

only shade from moonlight which invites shades –

ghosts from Hades, if stories are true.

I have come here to meet one

who can tell me what to expect.

Death Mask

Wax or plaster cast of a face.

A primitive, accurate photo without a camera.

Memento, or basis for a later portrait.

Eerily real, every feature, with some distortions

from the weight of plaster and death.

 

Death mask of the poet Dante Alighieri who wrote The Divine Comedy. He died September 13, 1320 from malaria. 

Poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s Casket Rediscovered in Former Wine Cellar

A funeral rime for one who considered

spirits, drugs and zombies in his life

and whose remains in a lead coffin

journeyed from chapel to church wine cellar.

Toast a blood-red wine to his life.

Coleridge

PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY ELIZABETH BROCKWAY/THE DAILY BEAST

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