Blessing #26: A Blessing for Death

"From the moment you were born, 

Your death has walked beside you. 

Though it seldom dhows its face, 

You still feel its empty touch

When fear invades your life, 

Or what you love is lost

or inner damage is incurred. 

 

Yet when destiny draws you

Into these spaces of poverty,

And your heart stays generous

Until some door opens into the light, 

You are quietly befriending your death; 

So that you will have no need to fear

When your time comes to turn and leave. 

 

That the silent presence of your death

Would call your life to attention,

Wake you up to how scarce your time is

And to the urgency to become free

And equal to the call of your destiny. 

 

That you would gather yourself

And decide carefully

How you now can live

The life you would love

To look back on

From your deathbed."