Death is a door
Death is a forest gate, bramble to bluff (Siloam)
It is a way thru
– not a way out
It is but the way thru
to continue what we have begun
Death is a hope
Death is a future
It draws us deeper into the self’s whole
It allows us to penetrate the wall of fear
In death their witness lights:
Jesus, Ghandi, Biko, King
Thru death their work becomes known:
Day, Merton, Hammerskjold, Romero
After death their message expands:
Lennon, Chavez, Foucauld
In spite of death their songs are sung:
Seeds sown! Life given!
Tales told! Songs sung!
To life (to come) .
(inspired by Dominick Argento’s “Dirge”,
words by William Shakespeare
performed by Jason Oby and Robert Avalon)