"At the end of three hours and forty minutes [the patient] expired and suddenly coincident with death the beam end dropped with an audible stroke hitting against the lower limiting bar and remaining there with no rebound. The loss was ascertained to be 21 grams."
Dr. Duncan MacDougall of Haverhill, Massachusetts,
measuring the weight of the soul as it "leaves the body torn and
bruised / As the mind deserts the body it has used."
T.S. Eliot, La Figlia Che Piange
And while we talked of many things
Fools and kings,
This he said to me:
"The greatest thing
you'll ever learn
Is just to love
And be loved
But he himself was broken
Long before the sky would open
Forsaken, almost human
He sank beneath your wisdom like a stone.
Leonard Cohen, Suzanne
Diamond dust is a ground-
A little shy
And sad of eye,
But very wise, very wise was he...