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“For it is up to you and me
to take solace
in nostalgia’s arms
and our ability
to create
the everlasting
from fleeting moments.”
Sanober Khan



A tradition among Zen monks was to write a last Haiku before they pass from this life to the next. This Haiku by Gozan was written by him at the age of 71 years in 1789.


“The snow of yesterday that felt like cherry blossoms, is water once again.”


I love how this Haiku reflects the impermanence of life. The cherry blossoms last only a short time in Japan and the snow melts almost immediately upon touching the ground.

Why do we forget how quickly life changes? Why do we cling onto the old, the past, or worry about the future?

In doing so, we miss this precious beauty, which is ever so fleeting.

20 thoughts on “Impermanence

  1. This was a superb write up on Impermanence, Karen and so true are the quotes, nothing lasts then why go back to the past or tomorrow or future when nothing exists but the Here and Now. I too am reading Thich Nhat Hanh book on the art of living and he has said so beautifully on Impermanence. Too good.

  2. to bed at last
    with luck
    to awaken again
    in the next life, karen!

    last haiku to you
    dear sweet world, like popsicle’s
    goo bidding adieu 🙂

  3. Love this post Karen. Reminds me of:

    No permanence is ours; we are a wave
    That flows to fit whatever form it finds:
    Through day or night, cathedral or the cave
    We pass forever, craving form that binds.

    – Hermann Hesse, from “Lament,” The Glass Bead Game: A Novel. (Picador; First edition, December 6, 2002) Originally published 1943.

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