Leaf Opening - an art work by T Newfields
Petal by petal
Leaf by leaf
All of us are opening
expanding possibilities

When flowering comes
enjoy the brief day
for after each blossoming
leaves wilt
as petals decay
Noel: (half in jest) Ahh, shucks! This poem is a downer!
Tara: (flippantly) Yeah, I thought this was a book about celebration . . .
Opapan: Well, perhaps it is. Why shouldn’t we celebrate a funeral as joyfully as a wedding?
Gwen: (matter-of-factly) Without inner silence, all celebrations are noisy affairs. Birth, marriage, and death are nothing but brief markers within maya’s snare.