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Poems for Summer: Child's Concept of Death

June 20, 2013

Book coverWarriors die and are born.
So do swallows die and are born.
In this blue sky—
Sun shines,
Moon sets,
Anything could happen.

May the rhododendrons never die.
Juniper should not die.
I will die one day,
Maybe without knowing.

From Timely Rain: Selected Poetry of Chogyam Trungpa by Chögyam Trungpa, page 164.

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1 Response to Poems for Summer: Child's Concept of Death

  • amry leukas says:

    The little bit of poem you posted from Timely Rain struck a
    chorde with me. From my earliest time of recollection at age
    before eyes just looked and took in...I can remember...
    all in pictures ongoing.By the time I was 7 I knew that death
    was unreal and a big mistake. I have lived with no belief in
    death and find that it is very very rare you could come
    across discourse or thought on death that can comprehend
    its erroneous placement in our soul and psyche. It does make
    me genuinely sad that the deathless state of true being is
    not considered as available at the hand of our great lord.
    I mean here and now and not in some heaven.

    Posted on June 22, 2013 at 5:47 pm