Methuselah: Meaning
When He Is Dead It Shall Be Sent
Hebrew Etymology
From (1) the noun מת (mat), man, or מות (mut), death,

and (2) the verb שלח (shalah), to send or let go.

I walked passed this old man of a tree,
On my way to solitude near the dells of the lake;
His stately demur jolted my gaze upward, amazed;
I stood beholding his long branchs, once strong arms;
Poised starkly, in all knowing, pronouncing:
Study and know, no matter the count,
969 were mine, and those days quickly passed.
How much is enough Methuselah?
So many days I want, before the green of my life,
Like yours, flows at last?
Dried out for years you’ve been, perhaps,
More or less, I know not.
Yet here I found you, strong, still, stark;
Seemingly dead, and yet
Your message was sent.

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