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A Great Leap

October 27, 2013

by Stephen Damon

Here is a poem I wrote, based on a Zen funeral chant, which I read to a gathering of friends and family of a wonderful woman who died Saturday morning.

For Margaret


Passing from this world to the next

She is taking a great leap.

As the light of this world fades for her

A clear white light appears.


She enters a great solitude

Engulfed in a vast silence

But she can feel our love around her

And hear our prayers.


Compassionate ones, protect her from all fear

Be to her a mother and a father.

May the force of your compassion be strong

As you guide her to a world

Where the ancient ones wait for her.




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