From Open Mind - by Diane Mariechild
Alan and Elizabeth brought back my well-thumbed
copy of Open Mind I had left with them a year ago,
after reading a piece at Aunt Syd's *wake* -
I opened it to this page:
Why did you vanish
into the empty sky?
Even the fragile snow,
when it falls,
falls in this world.
Izumi's poem portrays the sorrow of a
mother mourning the death of her daughter.
The pain is palpable. There is no disguise.
There is no attempt to cover the pain
with intellectualization. We can watch to
see where the snow lands as it falls. We
can't see what happens after death. Any thoughts
we have about what might happen are just that,
thoughts. It is only our ability to directly
experience this world, the sorrow and the joy,
that brings us to a space between intellect
and emotion, beyond hope and sorrow.