Antidotes to Fear of Death – Poem by Rebecca Elson

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by Rebecca Elson

Sometimes as an antidote
To fear of death,
I eat the stars.

Those nights, lying on my back,
I suck them from the quenching dark
Til they are all, all inside me,
Pepper hot and sharp.

Sometimes, instead, I stir myself
Into a universe still young,
Still warm as blood:

No outer space, just space,
The light of all the not yet stars
Drifting like a bright mist,
And all of us, and everything
Already there
But unconstrained by form.

And sometime it’s enough
To lie down here on earth
Beside our long ancestral bones:

To walk across the cobble fields
Of our discarded skulls,
Each like a treasure, like a chrysalis,
Thinking: whatever left these husks
Flew off on bright wings.

From a Brain Pickings Post.

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4 thoughts on “Antidotes to Fear of Death – Poem by Rebecca Elson”

  1. How wonderful to read this poem this morning! We lost my Nana to Corona virus last night. She would have been celebrating her 93rd birthday today. Thankyou so much for passing this on Reverend Mugo!

    In gassho

    1. Dear Jonny, so sorry to hear this news. So sad and I do hope she wasn’t alone when she died. This is the tragedy of people dying with Covid. They are alone. If you would like a transfer of merit noticed posted please email the Guest Department at Throssel and I can arrange this. Full name, that’s all that is needed.

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