When the gods are mortal

I didn’t start today well, sleep deprived and hurting, falling onto twitter to start trying to do the jobs I am supposed to do of a morning. And there, the shock that is the passing of David Bowie. It doesn’t matter how old someone is, how expected it was, how really impressive it was that they lived so long when you consider how they lived… These things amount to nothing in the shock of a loss. The death of someone you care about punches a hole in you.

David Bowie was one of my first encounters with the idea that there could be more to this life than being straight and conforming to the gender you were apparently born with. An icon for fluidity and re-invention, he made this world a good deal bigger and more interesting by being here.

I never saw him play live.

There is, this morning nothing I much else I can usefully say. But other people, who have stories to share, are sharing them – and that’s the best thing we can do for the dead, and for ourselves, famous or otherwise. Speak of them, tell their stories, carry on.


About Nimue Brown

Druid, author, dreamer, folk enthusiast, parent, wife to the most amazing artist -Tom Brown. Drinker of coffee, maker of puddings. Exploring life as a Pagan, seeking good and meaningful ways to be, struggling with mental health issues and worried about many things. View all posts by Nimue Brown

4 responses to “When the gods are mortal

  • Christopher Blackwell

    Well he left an album for his departure. So not a bad thing to have managed while dying of cancer. The various things that are cancer, are pretty horrible,as is the present treatment . I have one friend that claimed the treatment was worse than the disease, and it does rather destroy the person during undergoing it. So to get out an album took some serious.

  • Amy White

    It was a difficult day for me as well. He was so inspiring to many people on multiple levels, including myself.

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