Monday, February 15, 2016

The Blind Sage


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What do you know about dying?
she asked the blind sage,
who was stirring her tea 
with a dainty finger.

There are many ways to die,
the sage mused, 
adding a sugar lump, then two more.
It can creep up on you slowly, like mist,
and suddenly you are enveloped.

It can crack you open 
like lightning rends a tree
and, poof, you are gone.

For the not courageous,
it can be self-inflicted,
like stepping off a high roof,
 falling. and changing your mind
halfway down.

It can  bless you like rain on a desert,
after a long drought,
you gratefully drinking it in.

Whichever way it happens,
it opens a door to a new journey,
and you go through.

There are many ways to die, 
she musedstill stirring,
not least never learning how
to really live.


13 comments:

  1. Wow, Sherry. This will stay with me.

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  2. I drink this very deeply Sherry ~ A very meaningful post ~

    Grace

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  3. This is wonderful writing - very poignant, eloquent and emotive ... something, I find myself thinking about more and more, as the years go by and - one by one - friends cross over to the other side.

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  4. So true, Sherry. One way to die is never learning how to live. I think we each have to make sure this is not true of us! We have to really LIVE until we die, not die while we live.

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  5. The concluding lines say it all, we are as good as dead , if we donot know how to live properly.

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  6. That part is really sad, about changing your mind halfway down!

    Really :)

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  7. Wow...you certainly talked with this sage...like the story in the poem...last verse - brilliant: so many ways to live...

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  8. death comes ready directly proportional to one's depth of breath while living

    i need not tell you how much this touches my soul and the universal spirit it resides within

    gracias mi amiga for such wonderfully appropriate words

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  9. yes, all deaths are not same...i agree...

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  11. This was an amazing piece. I love the calm and matter fact approach by the sage to something so monumental as death. It reads in a perfect rhythm and pace from beginning to end. There is a lot of wisdom shared in these words. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful poem. I have to say this is possibly one of my favorite that I have read from you over the years.

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  12. Never learning how to live is just the worst of it. Really wise close here, Sherry, thanks! k.

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