I Will Follow The Footprints

Of my departed wife
and listen for her to
call my name as I wait
to hear brilliant words
on her tongue teaching
the wisdom of Tibetan
Buddhism to disciples.
She still glows with a
beguiling smile and an
insatiable curiosity
perceiving everything
as if it was new again.
I fall asleep remembering
her final words: I’m relieved
to be the first to die, since
I would never want to live
without you.