July 4, 2012

Robert Funge

ON THE DEATH OF GRANDFATHER

When the grandfather dies
there are tears of sadness
from his family. Why is this?

If he has led a life
of happiness and smiles,
then be happy and smile.

If he has had a life
of sadness and unhappiness,
be grateful he is at peace.

If he has seen both
he has been among the blest,
to whom a full life has been given.

from Rattle #36, Winter 2011
Tribute to Buddhist Poets

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