Dignified Release

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Existing in pain
delicious freedom of death
withheld by the courts

Today’s Haiku was inspired by lines from Walt Whitman’s poem “Song of the Open Road.” I do suffer from chronic pain and some days it is a tough battle. But, there are those who are worse off than myself and I understand that some might prefer to have an honorable, legally acceptable, way to stop their suffering. This has been on my mind as my old dog is nearing the end of his life and it is perfectly acceptable to ease his suffering before his pain becomes unbearable and his quality of life lessens to a very low degree.
Seeing him suffer and preparing to help I makes me ask the following:

Why do we not give humans the same consideration and dignity?

 

About fiercebuddhist

Welcome. I am happy that our paths have crossed. Here you will find various poems, articles and photography. I hope that you enjoy them and visit often. I am currently working on writing “A Haiku A Day” so that I can, perhaps, have enough good ones for publication. If you are wondering what a “Fierce Buddhist” the following declaration should clarify. The “Fierce” in FierceBuddhist I define as “an obligation to do what I can to benefit all sentient beings, not just those close to me or those I agree with. If I see something or someone that is hurting others I must step forward and do what I can to assist them.” In the Army and in the dojo I learned how to defend myself, family and country but that does not mean I endorse the use of force. Two nonviolent examples of Fierce Buddhists that come to mind are Thich Nhat Hanh and the Dalai Lama. While I do not claim be even close to them I can strive and so can you. Furthermore, my Buddhist name, given to me by Sensei Kubose, is Seiyo. His interpretation of my communication and interaction with him led him to this name. He told me Seiyo means “Fierce Sun.” The sun shines on everyone without prejudices without giving preferential treatment to anyone. This is tough to live up to, as you can imagine, but it sure sets the tone for my life. In Buddhism this is called a Fierce Bodhisattva. I am only on the path to Enlightenment and can only say to be a Fierce Buddhist.

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