gogyoshi – Life

Happy May Day to everyone! Congratulations to all who did the April 30 poems in 30 Days. It was a grand race but now, it is over. Thank goodness!!! I am posting this gogyoshi for Real Toads Tuesday Platform. A gogyoshi is a Japanese poetic form created by Taro Aizu. It has five lines. That is the only constraint. Five lines – insanely simple. This poem came to me while sitting in my tree this morning.  This poem represents the Japanese concept of mujo – impermanence.

Life
Life is never promised.
We pass through time
like leaves blowing in the wind –
Like dew evaporating in the sun.
Life is never promised.

10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. eat all the words
    May 01, 2018 @ 15:14:03

    Thank you for this reminder

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  2. Magaly Guerrero
    May 01, 2018 @ 22:01:56

    Never, indeed… so we must never forget hour important every bit of it is.

    Reply

  3. Rallentanda
    May 02, 2018 @ 03:47:56

    This is very beautiful and has an oriental feel. I imagine you writing this wearing a Japanese kimono:)Well done.

    Reply

  4. Vivian Zems
    May 02, 2018 @ 04:41:18

    This is a poem after my own heart…..so true in every way

    Reply

  5. annell4
    May 02, 2018 @ 14:49:07

    I wish I had written this! In its simple form and collection of words, it touched my heart.

    Reply

  6. Rommy
    May 02, 2018 @ 16:54:27

    Impermanence is something we discuss often in tea ceremony lessons. One beautiful scroll we have sometimes have up during lessons has the well known phrase “ichi-go ichi-e” on it.

    Reply

  7. Frank J. Tassone
    May 05, 2018 @ 12:42:09

    As simple–and as difficult–as that! A piercing write, Toni!

    Reply

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