Still Life: Floris van Dijck (c. 1571-1651), 1613 (Frans-Hals-Museum, Haarlem; image by Jan Arkesteijn, 24 December 2009)
My heart goes out to my Creator in love
Who gave me Death, as end and remedy.
All living creatures come to quiet Death
For him to eat up their activity
And give them nothing, which is what they want although
When they are living they do not think so.
Still Life with Cheeses: Floris van Dijck, 1615-1620 (Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam)
Stevie Smith: My Heart Goes Out, from Not Waving but Drowning, 1966