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?

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

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

 dignity in desolation,
bardo angels clasping raw peaks of beauty,
hope and hopelessness, all banished,
only the fire, undimmed

tears run freely into Dri Chu,
the river of redemption


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

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