Thursday, September 24, 2015

Jisei


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As the window to Life gently closes,
I catch one last glimpse
of my friend, the sky.

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The candle warms but briefly,
too soon,
it flickers out.

***

After a long dark night,
my soul rises
to greet the rosy dawn.

***

At this moment,
to you, a final gift of words:
live every moment well.

***

for Bodhirose's prompt at dverse: Japanese death poems, or Jisei


25 comments:

  1. Oh I love the thought of an advice to those left behind. How I would love to see a sky at dawn.

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  2. Ah yes.. to put
    now first means
    only
    dying once..
    some folks
    die all their
    life.. endless
    death as
    worry..
    in Life..:)

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  3. Lovely image of the end, at sunrise.

    I can tell you are an optimistic sunny person by your name ^_^

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  4. I love the imagery of rosy dawn after a long night ~

    Thank you for the wisdom: live every moment well. - Yes!


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  5. I love all of these, so simple but so profound each one. I love the third one the best, though I can't say why. Peace, Linda

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  6. haiku free verse; love it; makes superb death poems--we can only hope our life will be a long night vs. a fevered dream. This form has produced some fine poetics out her on the trail.

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  7. I like the idea of a rosy dawn greeting you after a dark night. And it would be so sweet if your last glimpse was of the sky.. Thanks so much for gracing us with some wonderful words, Sherry!

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  8. Love. Yes. "living every moment." These are moving, separately and together.

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  9. Yes, live every moment well. Then we will be ready for the time when the candle flickers and goes out.

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  10. Oh, that last one! Perfect, Sherry.

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  11. One last glimpse of my friend the sky.. oh that's so beautiful!

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  12. That first one really sent shivers down my spine - so good - just the right mix of mournful and hopeful. Also liked the last one, with its very sage advice.

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  13. I too would love to see the sky one last time. Their vastness would be most comforting. Lovely!

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  14. I love the last one so much, to depart with the gift of such a great advice.

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  15. All of these are so very lovely. From open window to last advice - each one is my favorite, each unique.

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  16. luv that glimpse Sherry; as if holding on to eternity

    much love...

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  17. Hope my comment comes out this time! Soul greeting the dawn paints a beautiful image for me.

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  18. These are all wonderful. I think I love the first one best of all.

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  19. Your friend, the sky. Sometimes one phrase encapsulates the whole. This one did. Thanks.

    Greetings from London.

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  20. "Live every moment well". Honestly, I can't think of any better advice than that! A beautiful set of poems!

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  21. Perhaps that is how we can honor the dead,
    by living what time we have left - as well as we can.
    Too soon, for sure.

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  22. Yes, I agree with X...beautiful piece!

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  23. Beautiful beautiful -- that last one especially so-- but altogether-- a new favorite sherry. K.

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