Days or Weeks before a Funeral

Reflections
of an
Anonymous Donor



         They came, friends, relations, rewarding

a life well-lived.
         Germain said, “In the end, what remains is one’s memories,”

and so important then that they be of bridges built,
conflicts avoided or resolved,
help given, pushing forward the life-force
into all around, being correct, polite, honorable.

One fights the encroaching chaos,
disorganization of the body,
with Order, imposing the tidying
of one’s space, the one who’s fading.

In the end, one regrets, too,
that what we taught our kids
was “shaped by the times,”
or that crusades we fought turned us too often
into that we fought against –  
         we lost transcendence, the big picture, among

the details of success,
or even adaptation.

All this comes back to her.
All this returns, like a thousand boomerang thoughts,
and people come and call–   

    none of us want to believe that we can’t abolish death.


We want to believe transition,
but all we see is absence, that, suddenly,
they are not here.
Of course, it’s not always sudden,
Dad faded away–   this jovial,
ever-smiling man without memories.
He died by installments,
by the final act, had
already left the stage.

All that is left is to be positive,
willfully so.
All that is left is to be kind,
whenever one may.
All that remains is to live simply,
in proportion,
and to slow the thought, then
turn it out like a light,
letting the Light of higher mind
within/without
come on,
watching the breath,
resting the gaze,
inviting in
the deathless state
that is no state,
in that moment’s illumination
that is no moment,
but always.
         

                   




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