‘Tis one thing,

To say “the world is impermanent”,

Another to really know this,

To get it,

Like really get it.


Nothing you see will last.

Not your shiny new relationship,

Nor your young beloved pet

Even your sweet and innocent children

may not make it to old age,

however painful that thought may be.

Nothing lasts in this world,

Why bank your happiness on it?


Nothing you see will last.

That glacier is dying,

The mountain changes minute to minute,

The pyramids turn to colored dust one day.

Nothing lasts,

Are you listening?

Nothing lasts.


Nothing you see will last,

These typing fingers are disintegrating,

This form you call me a time bomb

About to blow up the minute you look away.


Nothing you see will last.

We poison our water supply,

The trees are dying at frightening rates.

I could not bear to live without this forest,

What would be the point?


2 thoughts on “Nothing you see will last

  1. There is a deep a tender place within your inquiry, a yearning for answers. I hear your verse, as to near to prayer as non-secular metaphysical inspection of consciousness allows without becoming Buddhist or overtly New Age. I am curious. I am attracted. I am attentive. I am listening. I will lay my head in tall grass and breathe deep in the silent place of my own empty head. Is that an echo? Is that a shadow?
    Is that enlightenment? Is that death? Who is knocking at my door? I adore you.


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