Death Comes and Goes and Stays

The trees are about to show us how lovely it is to let the dead things go.”


Can you help me?
[Screams] oh my god!
I know. I’ve been carrying her around a while.
She’s d-d-dead.
Of course. But I can’t put her down, I don’t think she’s the right colour yet.

I was accosted by a birch tree
That said it would hold me until I died
So I tried to explain to the tree
I’m already dead inside

While barred clouds bloom the soft-dying day,
    And touch the stubble-plains with rosy hue;
    Then in a wailful choir the small gnats mourn
                Among the river sallows, borne aloft
     Or sinking as the light wind lives or dies

From ‘To Autumn’
John Keats

Horrific Autumn in England
Was always a lousy affair
Everything angled to kill you
Life could hardly seem fair
And worse,
London in back Keats time
You were liable to be killed by the air

Autumn has been associated with melancholia. It has been referred to as an unhealthy season.

Lune: melancholic wear

to test our metal
warp and rust
leaves weak impressions

In Asian mysticism, Autumn is associated with the element of metal, and subsequently with the colour white, the White Tiger of the West, and death and mourning.


Seven mansions
Look to the west
A white beam balanced
Above the rest
The tiger waits
Five hundred years fain
His tail poised
For peace to reign

I will mourn you
In passing
In death
Until we meet again
Only to mourn you again
In passing
In death
I will mourn you

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26 thoughts on “Death Comes and Goes and Stays

  1. Love the quote. I was in the middle of writing today’s post and the quote was such a perfect fit for the piece. Thanks for inadvertently contributing to my blog post for today. Cheers, Dee

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    1. It is a great quote. Not that it stopped me having fun at its expense.
      I had a look at your post, great stuff 👍 your additional quote from Gibran was perfect.

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      1. You used the quote well. Thanks for stopping by my blog and for your kind compliment. I love Gibran. I could probably quote him for everything I write. Cheers, Dee

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  2. A beautiful poetic reflection on autumn, Mr. Mouse. The excerpt from Keats’ poem held special meaning after recently watching the movie “Bright Star” about his three-year romance with Fanny Brawne near the end of his life.

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