Vita hominum flos est
Inscribed on Emanuel Sweert's painting 'Florilegium': Man's life is a flower.
Like a flower, he comes forth, then withers away;
like a fleeting shadow, he does not endure.
Book of Job 14:2
While I watched, her blossom
faded from the field
left no shadow
Now all life expects in this eleventh hour
we should revere lost heroes with a flower
But I shall not add my poppy to a grassy mound
nor as others some mason's cross surround
Only my shadow
in this life's meadow
can mark the memory of her blossom
11th November 2019