The Devil's Dictionary: Worms'-meat
The finished product of which we are the raw material. The contents of the Taj Mahal, the Tombeau Napoleon and the Granitarium. Worms'-meat is usually outlasted by the structure that houses it, but "this too must pass away." Probably the silliest work in which a human being can engage is construction of a tomb for himself. The solemn purpose cannot dignify, but only accentuates by contrast the foreknown futility.
How profitless the labor you bestow
Upon a dwelling whose magnificence
The tenant neither can admire nor know.
The wanton grass-roots will defeat the plan
By shouldering asunder all the stones
In what to you would be a moment's span.
That when your marble is all dust, arise,
If wakened, stretch your limbs and yawn —
You'll think you scarcely can have closed your eyes.
Should stand till Time himself be overthrown?
Would it advantage you to dwell therein
Forever as a stain upon a stone?
- Joel Huck