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On the Death of the Beloved -- for a dear friend

Monday, March 17, 2014

On The Death Of The Beloved

Though we need to weep your loss,
You dwell in that safe place in our hearts,
Where no storm or night or pain can reach you.

Your love was like the dawn
Brightening over our lives
Awakening beneath the dark
A further adventure of colour.

The sound of your voice
Found for us
A new music
That brightened everything.

Whatever you enfolded in your gaze
Quickened in the joy of its being;
You placed smiles like flowers
On the altar of the heart.
Your mind always sparkled
With wonder at things.

Though your days here were brief,
Your spirit was live, awake, complete.

We look towards each other no longer
From the old distance of our names;
Now you dwell inside the rhythm of breath,
As close to us as we are to ourselves.

Though we cannot see you with outward eyes,
We know our soul’s gaze is upon your face,
Smiling back at us from within everything
To which we bring our best refinement.

Let us not look for you only in memory,
Where we would grow lonely without you.
You would want us to find you in presence,
Beside us when beauty brightens,
When kindness glows
And music echoes eternal tones.

When orchids brighten the earth,
Darkest winter has turned to spring;
May this dark grief flower with hope
In every heart that loves you.

May you continue to inspire us:

To enter each day with a generous heart.
To serve the call of courage and love
Until we see your beautiful face again
In that land where there is no more separation,
Where all tears will be wiped from our mind,
And where we will never lose you again.

— John O’Donohue

Dealing with the loss of a loved one:

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
2WHEELEDSHARON 3/23/2014 12:58PM

    Sending you many hugs, Maha.

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MAW_OH 3/23/2014 11:42AM

    So sorry for your loss. Thanks for sharing this lovely poem.

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SNOWYOGA 3/21/2014 11:14AM

    emoticon emoticon and thank you!

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HAPPY-DESTINY 3/21/2014 12:07AM


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PEACEFULONE 3/20/2014 11:04PM

    Many thanks dear friend for sharing this beautiful poem which touches our hearts so deeply. Sending you love and light.

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FRANCESCANAZ 3/20/2014 6:01PM

    Descansa en paz. emoticon

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MTRACHEL 3/18/2014 11:43PM


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KALIGIRL 3/18/2014 8:39AM

    Wonderful - remembering to hold those who've gone before us in our hearts...

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CRYSTALJEM 3/18/2014 8:27AM

    So sorry Maha. This is beautiful. Thank you.

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GOANNA2 3/18/2014 1:22AM

    My condolences on your loss. This poem is
so beautiful and goes straight to the heart.
Love you Maha. Namaste. emoticon

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JUST_BREATHE08 3/18/2014 12:58AM

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WATERMELLEN 3/17/2014 7:39PM

    My condolences on your loss. What an exquisite poem, such a beautiful way to pay tribute to our loved person.

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    Beautiful and so appropriate. Thank you for sharing.

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DAISY443 3/17/2014 4:57PM

    Thank you!

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SUBMOM2 3/17/2014 12:31PM

    emoticon Thank you.

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DDOORN 3/17/2014 11:02AM

    These words bring one right to the heart of so sorry to hear that this has come into your life at this time, but what a beautiful way to honor important losses in our life.


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JOANNANOW 3/17/2014 10:41AM

    Thank you. Those are words that go straight to the heart.

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