In Paradisum - by Kathleen Allan

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for my Grandfather


A breath of sunset,

A snapshot of fresh air

Is framed in memory.

Sailing still.

Let me lead you up away

Beyond the sunset,

Beyond the sea

Where the still living memories

are sailing still.

Let us into the sky stand

Across the sunlight,

Beyond the day

Towards living horizons

Still breathing still.

A focused journey

Through the lens

Of true breath.

Waves wash in and out

Inhaling tide

Exhaling colour.

Your eyes are seeing still

Your flash is welcome.



Traditional Latin text:


In paradisum deducant te Angeli;

in tuo adventu suscipiant te martyres,

et perducant te in civitatem sanctam Ierusalem.

Chorus angelorum te suscipiat,

et cum Lazaro quondam paupere

æternam habeas requiem.


May angels lead you into Paradise;

may the martyrs receive you at your coming

and lead you to the holy city of Jerusalem.

May a choir of angels receive you,

and with Lazarus, who once was poor,

may you have eternal rest.