Thursday, December 3, 2015

Dissolution - A Poem Based on Marcus Aurelius

Dissolution

As a stream so are all things belonging to the body
 as a dream so are all that belong unto the soul
  
  Our life is a warfare 
  and a mere pilgrimage

  Only one thing preserves:


Philosophy-

 never to do anything either
   rashly
   or feignedly 
   or hypocritically
 depend on yourself
   your own proper actions
 all things embrace

 and above all
   calmly
   cheerfully 
     expect death, 
     the resolution of those Elements
     of which every creature is composed
     that dissolution
     and alteration
     which is so common unto all
   why should it be feared by any? 

Is not this according to nature?

 Nothing that is 
  according to Nature 
    can be evil.

             Meditations II, 17(/15).
             M. Casaubon, Trans. 1635
             W.M.D Rouse, Trans. 1906