The Comfort of Ashes

I was travelling for most of Ash Wednesday and would have posted this then but now will do better anyway:

The Comfort of Ashes
 
There’s something clean about ashes;
Rubbish reduced to uniform powder.
No heaps of trash to hurt the eye,
No rotting corpse to hurt the heart.
Clean
Simple
Impermanent.
A gust of wind, a wash of water
And it’s gone for good:
Dissolved
Dispersed
Disappeared.
It does not disturb me that I am such dust;
What the fire cannot touch
Never can be touched
By hand or flame or even eyes.
Let then the residual ash be blown
On the wind and be gone,
Returned to the kind earth
Whose bones gave me form
And let my soul go home unhindered.

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6 thoughts on “The Comfort of Ashes

  1. I LOVE THIS.

    I have been bothered by ashes ever since Keith Richards snorted up part of his dad’s ashes.

    Thank you for bringing them back were they belong.

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