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You inherit the autumns, folded like festive clothing
in the memories of poets; and all the winters,
like abandoned fields, bequeath you their quietness.
What a phrase. And that word ‘bequeath’ holds much of the magic.
- Leave (a personal estate or one’s body) to a person or other beneficiary
by a will.
- Pass (something) on or leave (something) to someone else.
- Obsolete — to commit; entrust.
- Synonyms: will, impart, leave, bestow, grant, consign, hand down
It’s interesting enough to think of the winters passing on their quietness, but I am particularly intrigued by the antiquated definition; to think of the winters committing or entrusting their quietness — that is filled with a gentle beauty. The kind that makes me take a breath and feel the calm expand my chest, and then settles in deep as I exhale.
And can I just say — “autumns, folded like festive clothing in the memories of poets” — how brilliantly put is that? Rilke. Every time.
bring it back
So…it may be a little over the top, but why not call hand-me-downs bequeathments and consignment shops bequeathment shops?
any ideas for how to bring back “bequeath”
into our everyday lingo?
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