We are not alone in our finitude. All of nature conspires to whisper this solemn truth in our ears if we will only listen. Everything we know will one day die and dissipate like a summer morning’s mist. Why should we grieve our own mortality?If we love life, it’s only natural that we would regret to leave it, and yet……how much loveliness is in the fluttering-down exhalation of decay! Without that poignant and exquisite sigh, what would feed the roses of next year? I’m in no rush to die; I hope there’s plenty of time ahead for me to have a lively, fruitful life. But I think, too, that my last task is to renew, to bring my modest tenure here to a far more fruitful end, and to leave space and time and love and life to all the generations of our heirs. I’ve no children of my own, but my niece and my nephews, my students’ children, my friends’–and all of the people yet to come–shall, if I have my way, have their summers of long life, and have their roses, too.
What a beautiful sentiment, this is why I love your writing, your thoughts, Kathryn! xx
Mwah! When life is so fleeting, it’s the joys of good companionship that make it all so worth the living. Thanks for being here, my beauty!
Your post reminded me of the poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins:
Oh, lovely! Thanks for sharing it.