Memento Mori – Five Poems for Lent

Memento Mori, a reminder of our own impending death, is an important theme of Lent …

As we remember on Ash Wednesday, and throughout Lent, humanity goes from ashes to ashes, dust to dust.

We remember our mortality with five poems for Lent on the theme of memento mori … Including poems by Billy Collins, Mary Oliver, Mary Szybist, MORE

Seven Other Poems for Lent

Dust to Dust
April Ossmann

Found in the book
Event Boundaries

Nevermind that keeping ashes
     on the mantel feels ghoulish,
and comically impractical:
not just another thing,
     a miniature memento urn, to dust,
but dust to dust—



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IMAGE CREDIT: Memento Mori “To This Favour”, oil on canvas painting by William Michael Harnett, 1879, Cleveland Museum of Art

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