Bones

The bones of Richard III

Curious things bones;
signifying substance and frailty
resolve and vulnerability 
life and death

If there is anything reverent about life
it lies in the sad indifference of
naked bones,
stripped of individuality

for under our weak decaying flesh
is that which in the end we shall all become,
appearing much the same as any other,
reminding us of what little we are

What is it all for?
All the effort and strife
all the struggles of life
only to come to this?

Whether high or low
Prince or Pope
mighty warrior or village harlot;
a treat for dogs.

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Inspired by a post by Mathew Lyons:

https://mathewlyons.wordpress.com/2015/03/26/human-remains-some-thoughts-on-the-bones-of-richard-iii/

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About toritto

I was born during year four of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Claudius on the outskirts of the empire in Brooklyn. I married my high school sweetheart, the girl I took to the prom and we were together for forty years until her passing in 2004. We had four kids together and buried two together. I had a successful career in Corporate America (never got rich but made a living) and traveled the world. I am currently retired in the Tampa Bay metro area and live alone. One of my daughters is close by and one within a morning’s drive. They call their pops everyday. I try to write poetry (not very well), and about family. Occasionally I will try a historical piece relating to politics. :-)
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3 Responses to Bones

  1. beetleypete says:

    I remember being told that we all amount to 206 bones, at the end. Mostly these days, it’s just ash.
    Perhaps that’s how it should be.
    Regards from Norfolk, Pete.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. sojourner says:

    “What is it all for?
    All the effort and strife
    all the struggles of life
    only to come to this?”

    What I ask myself almost constantly these days.

    Liked by 1 person

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