DSC_1413requiem aeternam

Alarm-bells were ringing
To hold back the swelling tide
Friends and lovers clinging
To each other side by side
In the dark illumination
He remembered bygone years
He read the Book of Revelation
And he filled his cup with tears
When the Reaper’s task had ended
Sixteen hundred had gone to rest
The good, the bad, the rich, the poor
The loveliest and the best

Tempest – Bob Dylan

The long-needled Japanese pines woke from their dark sleep.
And in the spring night, their tall brown stamens flickered
yellow-green, burning for winter’s passing.