In Our Heart’s Love

Spring 2010 Vol. 20, No. 1 Special Edition: Psychedelics, Death and Dying

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In Our Heart’s Love

(To Thunder, our lion-dog, 1983-1995)

Within the bliss of paradise lives the torment of hell

Within the life of every birth lives the force of death

Within the love of the lover lives the chance of hate

Within the bloom of fragrant rose lives the stench of rot

Within the summer’s heat lives the winter’s frost

Within the measurement of time lives the eternal

Within our present form lives the seed of our next

In our heart’s love for you,

dying creature, you live forever

(This poem originally appeared in Ms. Kleefeld’s book The Alchemy of Possibility: Reinventing Your Personal Mythology, Merrill-West, 1998.)