! A Joyful Death In Life

There is, it’s said, a state of joyful death,
known to the wise; and this, more realised
than that cessation of our mortal breath
beyond experience; only surmised;

a ‘death’ that’s not an end, but life anew;
a death that leaves no space where to be sad;
that leaves no time for guilt, regret or rue
but sets us free to know ourselves, and glad;

quite free of ‘past’ and ‘ future’ in the mind,
a life entirely of the moment’s grace;
the present taking care of what’s designed
to teach the lessons which our soul must face;

consciousness then grows apace; and when
the ego dies – there’s no more dying then..


[with acknowledgements to Eckhart Tolle's 'The Power of Now']

by Michael Shepherd

Comments (4)

A perfectly penned sonnet with a message that is profound. Ah the mystery of it all... You take an idea and flesh it out with such love and care that those who might not have the time or inclination to check out the original can still find its soul. love, Allie xxxx
e'go'es to a much happier place without individualities pain. egos go that's plain when in now we do remain.. Very nice Poem M, thank you D
A topic well explained in a poem. Great job!
Oh this is wonderful M - and one of my favourite inspiring books 'n' all! A philosophical/spiritual diversion on the overly familiar carpe diem theme... t x