Written for:  Carpe Diem #1802 – New Beginnings . . . without beginning
“Without beginning” points towards the circle, or the wedding ring. The wedding ring is a milestone, it’s a new beginning, but its form … a circle … is without beginning. So today our prompt is related to the circle … without beginning.

I recall an article I once read about deathpoems and one of the examples was the deathpoem by Shinsui.
During his last moment, Shisui’s disciples requested that he write a death poem. He grasped his brush, painted a circle, cast the brush aside, and died. The circle— indicating the void, the essence of everything, enlightenment— is one of the most important symbols of Zen Buddhism.”


Deathpoem by Shinsui (* – 1769)

 ‘Isn’t it a wonderful death poem? But as we look closer to this death poem … we see were Shinsui started the “circle” (at the ‘bottom’ somewhat to the left, we can see the start of the brush). Does this mean a circle has a beginning and an end? “

eternal circle
lotuses blooming and decaying –
ancient wisdom grows

© Chèvrefeuille (our host)

Here is my attempt:

upon my death
as I take my last breath
a new person is born

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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