Something Wild in the Earth

Photo of Gyeongju Silia Burial Mounds by Rick Cox -

There is something wild in the earth. Both living and dying

ask a blood sacrifice. I could easily choose

to step back that scattering of centuries and seek

mound burial — with the best white stallion

led down to go with me. I have had some

mastery of the flesh in my time and choose

to be buried standing.

from “On Burials” in All the Night Wings by Loren Eiseley

Image credit: Rick Cox @ Flickr

All the Night Wings by Loren Eiseley

Originally published at Loren Eiseley Ideas.

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