Skip to content

In the realm of the dead (where soonest our best men do go); or, Gravity

Call

He who was living is now dead
We who were living are now dying
With a little patience

T.S. Eliot – The Waste Land

Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the realm of the dead, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.

Ecclesiastes

and Response

Until I’m 6 feet under
Baby I don’t need a bed
Gonna live while I’m alive
I’ll sleep when I’m dead
Till they roll me over
And lay my bones to rest
Gonna live while I’m alive
I’ll sleep when I’m dead

Bon Jovi – I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead

Death, be not proud, though some have called thee
Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so;
For those whom thou think’st thou dost overthrow
Die not, poor Death, nor yet canst thou kill me.

One short sleep past, we wake eternally
And death shall be no more; Death, thou shalt die.

John Donne – Death, be not proud

Thomas Gooding (c.1600, a mason of Norwich Cathedral) was buried vertically inside the Cathedral so that he could spring up and be first into heaven…

Find a Grave / Atlas Obscura
All you that do this place pass bye
Remember death for you must dye.
As you are now even so was I
And as I am so shall you be.

Thomas Gooding here do staye
Wayting for God’s judgement day


Photo: Stu Patience

RIP S.W.

1 thought on “In the realm of the dead (where soonest our best men do go); or, Gravity”

I'd love to hear your thoughts and recommended resources...