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Nothing Left to See Through

This poem arrived today. I waited for it and did not chase after it. When I read it, the words spoke to me.

The Zen Master Ryōkan reminded me that change is inevitable. It happens. Like yesterday’s post, chasing after and holding things, as if they were permanent, is done in vain.

To take time, to be mindful, and sit quietly can bring peace in which one can discover the essence of things and understand mistaken views. Hans-Georg Gadamer said dialogue begins not through shared understanding, but mis-understanding. This includes inner dialogue one has with ones’ self.

Past has passed away.

Future has not arrived.

Present does not remain.

Nothing is reliable; everything must change.

You hold on to letters and names in vain,

forcing yourself to believe in them.

Stop chasing new knowledge.

Leave old views behind.

Study the essential

and then see through it.

When there is nothing left to see through,

then you will know your mistaken views.

About ivonprefontaine

I completed a PhD at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. Previously, I taught for 20 years and taught for 15 years in a wonderful hybrid school. My dissertation topic and research were how certain teachers experience becoming who teachers. In teaching and leanring, I am a boundary-crosser who understands moving ahead is a leap of faith. Teaching is a calling and vocation to express who I am as a person. Currently, I am waiting and listening to what calls me next. I am an educator, phenomenologist, scholar, boundary-crosser, published poet, author, parent, grandparent, and spouse.

8 responses »

  1. Beautiful! It is the truth 🙏🏻

  2. 🙂 – I love those golden threads of truth that pop up in widely diverse places – sometimes, I question whether I’m just laying over what I want to hear, BUT, I can truthfully say, Yup – same thing I’m being reminded of while reading up on permaculture – 🙂 I’ve worked my way back to a gent that started his ‘path’ in 1938, in Japan, and, to my mind, came to the same conclusions as above – 🙂 Fantabulous – Now, going to spend tomorrow implementing what I think I’ve learned, instead of what I planned 3 years to do – on the other hand – – what shows up will probably surprise me (if it turns out good) or teach me, (Um…you’re still trying to truck out and use what you think you know…aren’t ya….silly human….) LOL

  3. ” study the essential, and then see through it” spoke to me today. Thank you for an astute share 💛

  4. fabulous period, thank you ….this poem is a keeper for me


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