ON IMPERMANENCE by Fred Nelson
"On the Nature of Things" by Lucretius
until we know and name them. By degree they melt,
and are no more the things we know.
forms; and even the systems and the suns
shall go back slowly to the eternal drift.
globed with the drift like these, like these thou too
shalt go. Thou art going, hour by hour like these.
and where they are, shall other seas in turn
mow with their scythes of whiteness other bays….
not lost but disunited. Life lives on.
It is the lives, the lives, the lives, that die.
gone like the rainbow from the fountain's foam,
gone like the spindrift shuddering down the squall.
Flakes of the water, on the water cease,
soul of the body, melt and sleep like these,
atoms to atoms -- weariness to rest --
ashes to ashes -- hopes and fears to peace.
Fortunately, the Buddha's teachings on impermanence are not a negative. They are an important realization and positive remedy for reducing human suffering.