she found him next to Buddha and his two attendants
arms and legs outstretched like a beached starfish
the gravel had been freshly raked to outline his body
an unlikely death scene in a serene zen garden
some say his master had orchestrated his funeral
others that the truth was known only to the willows
but next day his body was gone and the gravel raked
in patterns resembling waves and rippling water
only the words of his poetry and songs were echoed
the meaning of it all concentrated in the ensuing silence
she that had meant everything and nothing to him
taking her own last breath and reaching for his hand
isn’t this the way death dreams our eternal slumber?
on the point of everlasting meditation, of no return?