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Memento Mori

No funerary art, no wreaths, 
Mementos will do fine. 
Soul is-- 
Something I find baffling, so please 
Forgive me, no shrine, no--

Just sit openly, busy bees! 
To weather as to pine 
Show this 
Baffling soul he is missed, he sees. 
Sing love songs and share lines 

© M. Jay Dixit, September heart-to-hearts, 2023 All Rights Reserved


Today, Grace at dverse has asked to write a poem following the poetry form, Memento.
Memento, created by Emily Romano is a poem about a holiday or an anniversary, consisting of two stanzas as follows: the syllable count should be 8 beats for line one; 6 beats for line two; and 2 beats for line three. This is repeated twice for each stanza. The rhyme scheme is: a/b/c/a/b/c for each of the two stanzas.

A/N: As soon as I read this prompt my mind took me to Memento Mori, (Latin for ‘remember that you [have to] die’ ) it is an artistic or symbolic trope acting as a reminder of the inevitability of death. The concept has its roots in the philosophers of classical antiquity and Christianity, and appeared in funerary art and architecture from the medieval period onwards. This poem was hard to write, I admit. The form was more difficult than it seemed and the topic I chose was difficult still but I loved the process, the end result not so much but I think this will have to do.

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  1. This is gorgeously rendered, Jay! The tone, the line-breaks and use of beats work together to create a soul stirring poem. I especially admire this part; “Show this /Baffling soul he is missed, he sees/
    Sing love songs and share lines/Slowish.” ❤️❤️

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  2. “No funerary art” for me either. But you have me thinking about having a worthless treasure for ‘them’ to put on my chest. I’ve been thinking about and leaning towards cremation. Small enough to fit in an ashes urn it would be have to be. Maybe a strap off my latest pair of sandals? I go through a pair a year. Now in winter again, most times I wear socks with the sandals. so that would be me, for sure my kids wouldn’t want those
    I’m elderly, old, it won’t be too long now.

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    1. Oh Jim, you’ll be missed dearly, for sure, by your family members most of all and also by people all over the world, like me, who have read your poems. Cremation dates back to at least 20,000 years ago in the archaeological records, it is the oldest way, so, you can’t go wrong there. The idea of ‘worthless treasure’ is a good one. Maybe a page/piece of your favorite writing? That sandal strap is also a great one.


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