November 28, 2012

Joyce M. Hubbard: Rest In Peace

The NWJJA Family lost a friend today, Joyce M. Hubbard moved on leaving this earth at 3pm.  Affectionately referred to as Mama Kamau, many of us never have met Ms. Hubbard in person but we all know her son Kamau.

I am not sure what to say bro... I have lost someone very special to me lately too, but the two do not even compare.  All I can offer is my blessings and condolences.  I am so grateful for your friendship and I thought this poem was perfect.

Joyce M. Hubbard
Dec. 12, 1945 -  Nov. 27, 2012
Rest in Peace

When I Die... by Sufi poet Rumi -

when my coffin
is being taken out
you must never think
I am missing this world

don't shed any tears
don't lament or feel sorry
I'm not falling
into a monster's abyss

when you see
my corpse is being carried
don't cry for my leaving
I'm not leaving
I'm arriving at eternal love

when you leave me
in the grave
don't say goodbye
remember a grave is
only a curtain
for the paradise behind

you'll only see me
descending into a grave
now watch me rise
how can there be an end
when the sun sets or
the moon goes down

it looks like the end
it seems like a sunset
but in reality it is a dawn
when the grave locks you up
that is when your soul is freed

Have you ever seen
a seed fallen to earth
not rise with a new life
why should you doubt the rise
of a seed named human

have you ever seen
a bucket lowered into a well
coming back empty
why lament for a soul
when it can come back
like Joseph from the well

when for the last time
you close your mouth
your words and soul
will belong to the world of
no place no time.