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”
Absolutely amazing. Just how I wish to be treated when I die. This is an awesome ink if literary excellence.
Peace and love to you Tony, appreciate your kind words!
My pleasure, my friend.
Wow! This is majestic!
Thanks, I’m truly humbled by your kind words more so because you are very accomplished poet yourself! Luv❤️❤️
Your poem is still with me, Tanya. It’s gorgeous. Thank you for your kind words. So are you 🌸❤️💕
Aww thanks for kind words, appreciate it!
You are welcome 😊
I like the point of nature taking its own course ……… skilfully done👌
Sakshi thanks for your insight and kindness. Just know that your words always encourage me, I’m glad my words resonated. I’m humbled!
My pleasure Tanya 😊….. The feeling is mutual dear
Aaah this is amazing
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!
I truly appreciate your insight and kind words. Thank you so much for reading my work!
Very meaningful dear Tanya..our body is that of nature and let it get absorbed to it 🙂
I’m so glad my dear, for your kind remarks and I’m humbled that my words resonated with you. Regards
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
Wow such a beautiful poem by Galib , he is such legend! Thanks 🙏 so much for reading, truly humbled Shantanu!
My absolute pleasure
Profound and rich. Really well done Tanya!
Bill you are always very kind in your praises, I’m no deserving but thanks a lot 🙏!
Love your writing Tanya! Just callin’it like I see it!
Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
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
A very interesting contemplation on death and dying!
Thanks for your insight, truly appreciate it.
Thank you so much Tanya!