rain of eternity
diamond ray of compassion
what has brought you here?

the promise of forgiveness
the clanging of bells and blaring of trumpets,
the Clear Light
when you finally come to rest

the silence of the heart?
when it can no longer barter or plead,
the still shudder of memory
when the wheel stops turning,
at least for this body
this life

you know the hour,
you know the place,
candle-glow on the chalice,
clouds of prophecy and superstition,
all swept up in the cerulean gaze
of someone not-you

dignity in desolation,
bardo angels clasp raw peaks of beauty,
no more hopeless hope, only the fire, undimmed …
let wonder and prayer grace the labyrinths of pain,
let tears run freely into Dri Chu,
the river of redemption

* Dri Chu – the Tibetan name for the Yangtze river in the mountains of Kham, the crucial crossing point for the Chinese PLA invasion of Tibet in the 1950’s

* bardo – literally an ‘in-between-state’ according to Tibetan tradition, after death and before the next birth