Rest in Peace


by A.E. Housman

Goodnight; ensured release,
Imperishable peace,
Have these for yours,
While sea abides, and land,
And earth’s foundations stand,
and heaven endures.

When earth’s foundations flee,
nor sky nor land nor sea
At all is found
Content you, let them burn:
It is not your concern;
Sleep on, sleep sound.

Peace My Heart

by Rabindranath Tagore

Peace, my heart, let the time for the parting be sweet.
Let it not be a death but completeness.
Let love melt into memory and pain into songs.
Let the flight through the sky end in the folding of the wings over the nest.
Let the last touch of your hands be gentle like the flower of the night.
Stand still, O Beautiful End, for a moment, and say your last words in silence.
I bow to you and hold up my lamp to light your way.

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There’s a meadow near my house that has been throbbing with extravagant beauty lately:

Hundreds of butterflies have been dancing there for the past couple of weeks. These Eastern Tiger Swallowtails live only a month and I fear that the meadow will be mown any day now. I’m compelled to stop my car on the way home from work every day to stand knee-deep in the itchy grass, holding my breath in silent witness to their ecstatic, ephemeral ballet:

The butterfly counts not months, but moments, and has time enough. – Rabindranath Tagore

Visit to the Hermit Chui

Moss covered paths between scarlet peonies
Pale jade mountains fill your rustic windows.
I envy you, drunk with flowers
Butterflies swirling in your dreams.

Qian Qi

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