A poem written on the occasion of my grandfather's death.
My grandfather died.
The sky wept. The mountain wept.
A poem written for the occasion of my grandfather's funeral.
You've gone to the other shore.
You've met the God of heaven.
You've met the love of heaven.
You've found the garden of heaven.
You've found the glory of heaven.
We'll see you on the other shore.
Note: These poems were written while I was taking my 4th semester of Japanese, which is why I composed them in Japanese with rough English translations rather than composing them in English. The first poem was written the way it was because of the rain and flowing water that marked my journey to the mountains for the funeral. The second was written the way it was because of one of the songs selected for his funeral evoked the image of the other shore, a common image in many religious traditions for passing on to the next life, including in Buddhism. I am sharing these now because the anniversary of his death is coming up. Photo credit goes to me.