Enveloping life in a moment of truth you come each year Enrobed in warm golden auburn oranges and browns Encasing the world in increasingly numbing algid winds Enticingly intriguing as the leaves slowly swivel to kiss the ground
I thought of how autumn and winter often represent death, in contrast to how spring and summer often represent life and rebirth.
Then, I thought of how beautiful the world is when it snows, and it reminded me of how elegant the caskets often are in which we bury those who have died.
It brought about the thought that perhaps snow is to earth what caskets are to us; a way to cover and remember all that has died in a way that is more dignifying and aesthetically pleasing.
Because this was a monostich, I had to be really concise in how I expressed that thought.
My intended meaning was for "casket" and "snow" to be synonymous, wherein the casket was essentially the snow blanketing everything outside. "Autumn funeral" symbolizes the timing of the snow--the fact that it happened before winter.
Going deeper, the early snow symbolizes how death often comes earlier than anticipated, at which point we can find ourselves, quite literally, standing before the casket of someone we knew asking "why did it have to be so soon?"
hedoneYes, a lot dies in these seasons. I suppose the snow is a comforting kiss.