MILAREPA: SONG OF MEETING AND PARTING

In POETRY by Thade Correa6 Comments

“For Dan Dlugose”

In vast sky’s expanse sun and moon circle round.

Their journeys mark the flow of time.

Glory be to you, blue sky—for I, the sun-and-moon,

am leaving, bound for the four continents, for joy.

 

On the mountainside a great Rock stands,

the great vulture circles round.

This meeting and parting mark the flow of time.

Glory be to you, great Rock—for I, the vulture,

will wheel into vast space, for joy.

May lightning never strike you, may my wings never fold.

Traveling thus, may we always meet again in joy

on life’s endless paths.

 

Through the roiling river flash bright-eyed fish.

This meeting and parting mark the flow of time.

Glory be to you, bright water—for I am leaving,

bound afar, for joy.

May I never be captured, may you never run dry.

Traveling  thus, may we always meet again in joy

on life’s endless paths.

 

In the sunlit garden a flower opens, a bright bee circles round.

This meeting and parting mark the flow of time.

Glory be to you, bright flower—for I will see

the blossoms of other lands.

May hail not beat you down, may winds not carry me away.

Traveling thus, may we always meet again in joy

on life’s endless paths.

 

Now faithful friends circle round me.

This meeting and parting mark the flow of time.

Glory be to you, dear friends, for I am leaving

bound for the distant mountains.

May I make good progress on the path, may all of you live long.

Traveling thus, may we always meet again in joy

on life’s endless paths.

About the Author

Thade Correa

Thade Correa is a writer, composer, pianist, translator, and teacher. He has studied at IU Bloomington, University of Chicago, and Notre Dame, where he received an MFA in poetry in 2013. He publishes his writing widely and his music is available online and through Alliance Publications. He is a longtime meditator and a Shambhala community member.

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  1. This is a free version of Milarepa’s own “Song of Meeting and Parting.” I love Bob’s version of it, and (as his re-imagining attests), the poem can be changed and updated and yet still retain something lucid, ineffable, and essential. This was my own inspiration in writing a new version of it. Robert Lowell has done something similar with canonical western poets in a collection called IMITATIONS. Poetry lovers might check this collection out. As for Glenn’s request for a new version of “The Song of Yogic Zeal,” I’d love to try to make a new version of it, if I can. Send me a source, if you will!

  2. Song of Neither Meeting Nor Parting

    Within the vastness of mind’s own projections,
    nothing comes, goes, or remains the same —
    pure joy arises at the mere contemplation
    of this unfathomable mystery.

    On a great rock there is a bird who does not move,
    it sits amidst the clouds and rain, sun and heat,
    and yet its glory is revealed by meeting itself
    in the midst of any condition or path
    without a single flinch of wing.

    The rivers run on and yet nothing moves,
    not the flow of time, not some traveler moving
    on a path, nor bright fish in dreams of flowing water.

    In the garden of the real, no flower blooms
    to mark the flow of time, no buzzing bee is circling.

    No friend arrives to mark time’s flow, no auspicious
    progress is attained, no paths leading to joyful destinations
    will ever by trod, nor is there any one to tread them.

    There is no person who comes and goes, but if you still
    believe there is, then you will travel on, regardless.

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