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When I Die

When I die, do not cremate me

lets not erect massive tombs

or embellish any symbols,

Let nature take its course.


No one will weep or mourn

Just abandon my body on

The Towers of Silence of

ancient Zoroastrians followers

of Ahura Muzda.


Scavengers will nibble,

maggots will feast, worms

will build their abode in me

Nature will take its course.


If any morsel of my remains

is left, scatter it on the regal

Himalayas, the divine peaks

of my blessed ancestors.


Offer it the vast ocean whose

lapis-lazuli waters gushed in

my veins, where my aging mother

performed her final ablutions.


And if you need a shoulder

to lean on, seek the company

of wise old deer, who was the

only love of my life.


Make it known to the blind

pontiff in the dilapidated

temple across the sacred

river to spare me nectar

of the exquisite heavens.


For my hungry soul will take

the ancient route of Elephants

in search of moksha, and

vaporize in cyanic skies.


Nature will take its course…..




31 thoughts on “When I Die”

    1. Thanks, I’m truly humbled by your kind words more so because you are very accomplished poet yourself! Luv❤️❤️

    1. Sakshi thanks for your insight and kindness. Just know that your words always encourage me, I’m glad my words resonated. I’m humbled!

    1. Thanks my love, humbled by your kindness. I need to check out your Fabulous work, missed out due to my busy schedule and traveling. Hope you have been well!

    1. I’m so glad my dear, for your kind remarks and I’m humbled that my words resonated with you. Regards

  1. What a beautiful expression reminds me of the famous couplets by Mirza Ghalib
    मेरे मज़ार पर मत आना
    गर आना तो फूल मत लाना
    गर लाना तो मुझपे मत चढ़ना
    मुझ देबे हुए को और मत दबाना

    1. Wow such a beautiful poem by Galib , he is such legend! Thanks 🙏 so much for reading, truly humbled Shantanu!

  2. To die peacefully and in harmony with nature is the way of mother earth,a moving poem. And thank you for following my blog/website, muchly appreciated, I hope you enjoy reading my humble writings, and I’m from Geelong, Australia. Cheers. Ivor

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