There's that skull that monks - at least as we see them in paintings - had on their tables to remind them of death.

Memento Mori

‘Memento Mori’

This skull instructs
Me now to probe
The socket bone
Around my eyes
To test the nose
Bone underlies
To hold my breath
To make no bones
About the dead

from New & Selected Poems (New English Library, 2005), copyright ? Samuel Menashe 2005, used by permission of the author

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