Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Thanksgiving 2013: The River of Thought

The river of thought.
A time, a place, but more,
A moment so perfect and clear.
People I knew and loved,
no, love still.

Now all long gone,
Tossed about 
in the undertow unseen.

Bobbing up to the surface unbidden,
like the river's drowned and lost,
Their souls laughing gently.

Moving like cloud shadows scudding,
across the glowing plains.

Around the river's bend,
Playing like ghost otters, 
not looking back,
But diving back down,
Back into the dark current.

-Lance M. Foster, © 2013

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Mono no aware (物の哀れ?), literally "the pathos of things", and also translated as "an empathy toward things", or "a sensitivity to ephemera", is a Japanese term for the awareness of impermanence (無常 mujō?), or transience of things, and both a transient gentle sadness (or wistfulness) at their passing as well as a longer, deeper gentle sadness about this state being the reality of life. (Wikipedia)

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