SHORT ZEN POEMS: “This body’s lifetime is like a bubble’s” (impermanence)

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Photo credit:  A painting of floating bubbles   by Josephine Wall

“This body’s lifetime is like a bubble’s”

 

This body’s lifetime is like a bubble’s
may as well let things go
plans and events seldom agree
who can step back doesn’t worry
we blossom and fade like flowers
we gather and part like clouds
earthly thoughts I forgot long ago
withering away on a mountain peak

by Shiwu (Stonehouse)

English version by Red Pine
Original Language Chinese

from The Zen Works of Stonehouse: Poems and Talks of a 14th Century Chinese Hermit, Translated by Red Pine

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7 Comments Add yours

  1. Inspiring and true words of bubbles then why keep on pining and going after illusionary bubbles that do not exist. Lovely words of Zen and Zen teachings are amazing, Amira. Too good.

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    1. Thank you so much dear Kamal for your insightful comment! So true, the impermanence of all the things we see around. Our true essence, our Soul never perishes. ❤

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      1. True Amira and our Soul never perishes but is One. Welcome dear.

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  2. francisashis says:

    Thanks a lot for the lovely post.

    On Apr 9, 2019 1:46 PM, “bodyandsoulnourishmentblog” wrote:

    > bodyandsoulnourishmentblog posted: ” Photo credit: A painting of floating > bubbles by Josephine Wall “This body’s lifetime is like a bubble’s” > This body’s lifetime is like a bubble’s may as well let things go plans and > events seldom agree who can step back doesn’t worry we blosso” >

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    1. Thank you dear Francis for your appreciation and kind comment! 🙂 Amira

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  3. Beautiful wisdom — love the examples of flowers, clouds and of course the bubble. Thank you for sharing 🙂

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    1. Thank you very much dear friend for your appreciation and your beautiful comment! ❤

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