Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Memento Mori Moon Musings

 The Latin phrase
Memennto mori
Remember your mortality

(super moon May 8th 2012, south Texas view)

I think the author May Sarton
said it best
in her book
Plant Dreaming Deep...
"It is only past the meridian of fifty
 that one can believe that the universal sentence of death
 applies to oneself.
At twenty we are immortal;
 at fifty we are too caught up in life
to think much about the end,
but from about fifty-five on
the inmost quality of life changes
 because of this knowledge. 
Time is suddenly telescoped. 
Life in and for itself becomes more precious
 than it ever could have been earlier...
it is imperative to taste it,
to savor it,
every day and every hour,
and that means to cut out waste,
to be acutely aware of the relevant
and of the irrelevant. 
There are late joys just as there are early joys. 
 Young, who has time to look
at the light shine through a shirley poppy? 
 The outer world is only an immense resonance
 for one's own feelings. 
But in middle age,
afternoon light marbling a white wall
may take on the quality of

Savor the Day!
Memento Mori!


Barbara/myth maker said...

Ain't that the truth.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Memento Mori has been much on my mind lately. And yes, this summer I turn 55! May Sarton is right!

minnemie said...

Wow, that is a very thought provoking quote... thanks for sharing!

Kristin said...

Wow. I really, really love this! (and kinda needed that today, so thank you ;) xoxo