Sweet Eve of the Dead & Dying

Enlightenment for a wave is the moment
the wave realizes that it is water.
At that moment, all fear of death disappears. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

eternal napping

eternal napping

In that small elm tree out front
still beats the original ancestral tree’s
heart energy.
A giving tree
for countless generations.

In me beats the heart of both parents,
each cell has dna back
to the beginning-less beginning.
Parents and ancestors
are worthy of remembering
what they did, what they hoped
how they succeeded and failed,
and how they continue on
in what I think, say and do.

Welcome Home

Welcome Home

Decorating town with reminders
of the dead and gone is a valuable expression.
Physically dead and gone, perhaps,
in their human form
but their actions, or karma, lives on.
Just look around and see
their legacies left behind,
legacies living on into the future.

I’d like to think I’ve learned
how to experience beauty and love
while gaining insight on reducing suffering
for myself, others and the world.
Despite good intentions and some diligence,
I’m not so sure about the insight
and to that I express some regret.

On this eve of my mother’s imminent passing
I’ll go and sing gentle lullabies of love
to help her sleep peacefully
for the ages,
body returning to the earth,
reuniting with parents, ancestors
and the original giving tree.
She did her best
with the conditions presented her.
Livingย on in so many ways,
including me,
& my doing my best to be
a beautiful continuation.

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23 thoughts on “Sweet Eve of the Dead & Dying

  1. marga t.

    Such beautiful juxtaposing
    this Satyrday morning.
    You make the ghosts dear,
    death a stomping ground for deer, and
    your voice is resonating in my space
    signaling beautiful continuation, indeed.
    Thank you!

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  2. ~meredith

    The repose of a skeleton enjoying the roses… priceless.

    (Life continues to unfold… No regrets, Iโ€™d like to think Iโ€™ve learned
    how to experience beauty and love
    while gaining insight on reducing suffering
    for myself, others and the world.
    Despite good intentions and some diligence,
    Iโ€™m not so sure about the insight
    and to that I express some regret.) No regrets, friend… Your insight and intent relieve even haunted hearts. Truly. ๐Ÿ™‚
    C me?

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  3. harulawordsthatserve

    I find an incredible variety and mixture of emotional texture in this piece – beauty, humour, playfulness, profound wisdom, fearlessness, honor and respect, freedom and a liberating sense of letting go…and I just love that expression ‘beautiful continuation’. Thanks for a wonderful share. Hugs, Harula xxx

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  4. francisguenette

    Catching up on some blog reading this morning after weeks away – your pictures and words area delightful and colourful juxtaposition. Watching my granddaughters out on Halloween night this year made me think about confronting fears and finding one’s way through to the candy prize just beyond the spooky creatures and decorations. What is the deeper meaning, here? Maybe it’s finding our way past the veil of the unknowns, being present to what is beyond us, learning to live with all the ambiguity. Your posts always make me think and for that I am thankful.

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    1. smilecalm Post author

      thank you for your sweet personal relating, francis!
      just happened to be halloween, and the day after that i was able to sing to my mother and offer my presence during her passing.

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  5. livingonchi

    You are so sweet and gentle and kind and so full of calm and you were so gentle, respectful and loving of your mother. You were both so lucky to have each other! With love.

    Reply

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