impermanence

Hello fine poets! This is Mish behind the bar serving up today’s Poetics. Grab a chair. Do you hear the music in the air? I’m taking requests.Today for Poetics, I am asking you to choose some lyrics, preferably one line from a favorite song and grow your own poem from it. You are not limited to the original theme of the song. Instead, forge your own poetic path. Be serious or silly. Just be sure to highlight the line(s), giving credit to the song and artist.

These things you keep

you better throw them away

nothing is yours to own

not the land

not the sky

not your dreams

not your love

not your thinking

 

ash goes to ash

clay begets clay

your life

it is but a blink

in the eye of the universe

dust you are

those things you keep

you better throw them away

 

“These things you keep, you better throw them away” Mike Scott, Waterboys.

For those interested in exploring the concept of impermanence further, this is an educational article.

https://www.urbandharma.org/udharma8/imperm.html

55 thoughts on “impermanence

  1. jade says:

    This is excellent, Paul.

    I love this section:
    “nothing is yours to own
    not the land
    not the sky
    not your dreams
    not your love
    not your thinking”

    I’m so overwhelmed by this prompt. I’m so into music that it’s too much pressure. 🙂

  2. kim881 says:

    Your words are so true, Paul. We cling to material things, think we own houses and land… I love the lines:
    ‘your life
    it is but a blink
    in the eye of the universe’.

  3. alisonhankinson says:

    I loved this, it reminded me of the Native American Indians, they believed that we were just the custodians of the land and not the owners- this is one of their proverbs- “Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children.”

  4. Frank Hubeny says:

    I read a feng shue book about de-cluttering one’s life. I remember it saying we rid of our clutter in three ways: (1) we get rid of it intentionally ourselves, (2) some natural disaster like fire or flood destroys it, or (3) those that come after us will, eventually, get rid of it.

  5. Glenn Buttkus says:

    What is truly ours? Perhaps just our spirit, our core, as we shuck this husk on the way out the door(s) of perception.

  6. kanzensakura says:

    Very true. We humans hang on to so much detritus. I have been downsizing the last year – decluttering, in-stuffing…sold and given most of it away. It is best to travel light and to tread lightly on this earth.

  7. Charley says:

    Self storage is a multi-million… possibly multi-billion dollar industry in the States. People storing their nuts for a winter that never comes. Your poem is right on. This journey too quickly passes to be hunched under a load throughout it. Bury it all and let archaeologists scratch their heads!

  8. mother wintermoon says:

    These things you keep
    you better throw them away
    nothing is yours to own…

    Great work, Paul, with great and powerful truths contained in your words. We delude ourselves with thinking anything is ours to own. I love this.

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