Death’s welcome — Ana Gobledale, UK

Written in Salisbury Cathedral while listening toSt Matthew’s Passion by JS Bach and preparing a funeral service.

Death

Ceasing to be

Becoming what?

Breathless

Containing all life

Life-less

Moving from

Moving toward

Leaving

Arriving

Shutting down

It is finished

Dust on the mantle

Ash on the hearth

Carried on zephyr puffs

Lifted

Unknowing

Fear not

Trust

Peace

At last