Celebration of Life

IMG_1472.jpegToday’s celebration of life brought up for me more layered perspectives on the concept of embodiment in the context of death, and how meaningful and necessary it is to have a sense and a feeling of embodiment of loved ones who pass on, whether they passed on last week, last year, or 10,000 years ago. Embodied in ancestral lands, embodied in the bones, embodied in their possessions, embodied in a box of ashes. To feel them, their texture, their form on your own skin.

My first sister died before she was born. I never got to know her beyond her absence. My other sister Kalani I knew only in illness and in death. I never got to truly know her beyond the memory of family and friends.

Embodiment (I think) is how I can come to know and remember them both. It is how we establish relationship and experience kinship even after death, in another form of life, in another form of consciousness.

In celebration and honor of your life, Kalani…

 

Sister

 

Ashes mixed with salt water

 

ʻO kau ola e ke akua

 

clinging to the koa wood,

 

under fingernails and across pant legs

 

E nānā mai i kāu mau pulapula

 

Scattered in unwitting places

 

E ola ia mākou

 

Becoming

 

Kanaloa

 

A kanikoʻo, a haumakaʻiole

 

Becoming islands,

 

Becoming grasses, witnessing generations of life

 

A pala lauhala, a kau i ka pua aneane

 

To notice re-embodiment

 

A laila lawe aku ʻoe iā mākou

 

in a dream

 

in the ocean

 

in the sky

 

I ke alo o Wākea e

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