57. There is no escape in the world; what will you do with seclusion? Enjoy the delights of sensual pleasures; do not repent afterwards.
58. Sensual pleasures are like swords and stakes; the elements of existence are a chopping block for them; the delight in sensual pleasures of which you speak is now no delight for me.
59. Everywhere enjoyment of pleasure is defeated; the mass of darkness [of ignorance] is torn asunder; in this way know, evil one, you are defeated, death.
Long after the front gate swung closed behind me,
I could still hear them:
Why talk so much about death?
Find a husband to share your bed.
Bring children into the world
to leave behind after you’re gone.
But ever since I invited my own death into bed with me,
I no longer feel lonely or afraid of the dark.
What do we really bring into the world?
What do we leave behind?
A gate swings closed—
Where does it come from?
Where does it all go?