In my beginning is my end. In succession
Houses rise and fall, crumble, are extended
Are removed, destroyed,restored, or in their place
Is an open field, or a factory, or a by-pass.
Old stone to new building, old timber to new fires,
Old fires to sakes, and ashes to the earth
Which is already flesh, fur, and feces,
Bone of man and beast, cornstalk and leaf.
Houses live and die: there is a time for building
And a time for living and for generation…
from East Coker from The Four Quartets by T.S. Eliot