Dorothy’s Song of Departure

Read above flowers strewn across a rock pool.
Adapted from Rechungpa’s Song of Departure (Songs of Milarepa 1040-1123 CE)

In the immense blue sky above
Roll on the sun and moon. Their
Courses mark the change of time.
Blue sky, I wish you health and fortune,
For I, the moon-and-sun, am leaving
To visit new continents for pleasure.

On the mountain peak is a great Rock,
Round which oft the eagle circles,
The king of birds. Their meeting
And their parting mark the change of time.
Dear rock, be well and healthy, for I,
The eagle, now will fly away
Into the the vast space for pleasure.
May lightnings never strike you,
May I not be caught by snares.
Inspired by affection,
May we soon meet again
In prosperity and boon.

Below in the River of Life,
Swim fish with golden eyes;
Their meeting and their parting
Mark the change of time.
Dear stream, be well and healthy, for I, the fish
Am leaving for the Ocean for diversion.
May irrigators never drain you,
May fisherman never net me.
Inspired by affection,
May we soon meet again
In prosperity and boon.

In the garden blooms the flower, Halo;
Circling round it is the golden bee.
Their meeting and their parting
Mark the change of time.
Dear flower, be well and healthy, for I
Will see Heaven’s blooms for pleasure.
May hail not beat down upon you,
May winds blow me not away.
Inspired by affection,
May we soon meet again
In prosperity and boon.

Gathered round this special place
Are my loved ones from afar;
Their meeting and their parting
Mark the change of time.
Be well and healthy, dear family, as I
Leave for the far mountains for diversion.
May I make good progress,
And you, my loved ones, all live long.
Inspired by affection,
May we soon meet again
In prosperity and boon!

Harry Nicholson

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