Why do we need rest?
it is a myth
is no truth;
many dreams and sleep
in the name of meditation;
words are in mouth
thoughts are not worth
in the name of prayers;
In real life
there is no rest as well work,
life is full of rest
and full of work
sleep and awake is routine...
it is a parallel process
but one comes after another
no work and no rest..
This is not a happy man, this is an insufferably smug man - the lines: 'Death nor sorrow never brought/Cause for one unhappy thought.' are those of a man immune to feeling. Anyway, sorrow is an unhappy thought.
Aaah but the solving of the problem lies in the last words, the man is talking from the other side of death and he talks about being in the region of the blest... so he must've been a good man then right? ! Good and happy, resting peacefully. Would a dead person lie... a dead person has all the answers, so he must've been content with his life before death.
There the happy man lies at rest 'in the region of the blest'! A contented elder savoring from beyond the grave his carefree and untroubled life among the living, he reflects on how he sailed through the troubles that may have beset others. And yet on second thought, this reader wonders if he didn't indeed slip and slide through his days on earth in the quiet sloughs of despond, ignoring reality for a humdrum existence measuring up to societal expectations. After all, he 'married his three sons right, ' suggesting that daddy knew best about the brides his sons should take. And he influenced his grandchildren from cradle to a consummation he doubtless had in mind for them from their day of birth. Perhaps his sons and his grandsons shed no tears at his going to his 'quiet rest, ' thankful to be rid of a 'happy man' who foisted his ideas of the good on them. Perhaps there were tears and sighs of anger at what he had done to them. As a notorious preacher intoned recently, it's not God bless a happy man, it's goddamn a miserable SOB!
I just loved this write. It expresses to me a man
that is drawing his strength from His Lord.
His body may be found here among others
laid to rest, but he will be very much alive
with the Lord forevermore. So this is the
reason that he wants no tears for himself,
his life here on earth has been a full one
with children and grandchildren.