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Nothing Abides

paintingsheep

San Diego, United States

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from the poem by Lucretius (99-55BC):

Nothing abides; but all things flow.
Fragment to fragment clings—the things thus grow
Until we know and name them. By degrees
They melt, and are no more the things we know.

Globed from the atoms falling slow or swift
I see the suns, I see the systems lift
Their forms; and even the systems and the suns
Shall go back slowly to the eternal drift.

Thou soo, oh earth—thine empires, lands, and seas—
Least, with thy stars, of all the galaxies,
Globed from the drift like these, like these thou too
Shalt go. Thou art going, hour by hour, like these.

Nothing abides. The seas in delicate haze
Go off; those moonéd sands forsake their place;
And where they are, shall other seas in turn
Mow with their scythes of whiteness other bays…..

and so this driftwood post does fade, the rusted chain will crumble,
and the beach itself is returning to the sea…

Imperial Beach, California USA

Dedicated to Ramesh…who knows about the recycling..

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