Leave a Trace

Coming, going, the waterbirds don’t leave a trace ~ Dogen

Time pounds our lives like the ocean pounds the shore.

Do you not know how short and fragile life can be?

Some think wealth or power will produce a lasting legacy.

How foolish…

When all becomes bones and dust and empty coffins pilfered.

Strive to live the legacy you desire, not bound by time or life’s travail.

Such a life carries on generation to generation, spirit to spirit

Like grains of sand glistening on the beach, brought back again and again.

That lasting legacy is Love..

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Photo: Dwight L. Roth

Today at d’Verse, Linda asked us to write a spiritual/mystical poem using a line from a list of several she gave us. She said we could also use the line as a Epigraph at the beginning of the poem. I chose the line written by Dogen for my Epigraph.

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109 thoughts on “Leave a Trace

  1. Such a beautiful poem Dwight!
    We all end up at the same place Dwight and no amout of amount of wealth will make a bit a difference like you say. Life is fragile and the best parts of ourselves passed down as a legacy.
    This is such a beautiful line “Like grains of sand glistening on the beach, brought back again and again” ❤️.

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  2. I love your poetry, and this one would stand out always for me.
    I love the analogy of the shining grains of sand brought in again and again by the waves to the shore. A timeless phenomenon and a most beautiful analogy of an everlasting legacy too.

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    • Thank you very much Deb. I am so glad you found it meaningful. I believe we have a choice to pass on love or hate. Passing on love affects generations to come! The opposite does the same in a negative ways.

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  3. I was very moved by this poem, particuarly the last three lines:

    Strive to live the legacy you desire, not bound by time or life’s travail.
    Such a life carries on generation to generation, spirit to spirit
    Like grains of sand glistening on the beach, brought back again and again.

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  4. Dwight your poem’s conclusion reminds me of John Lennon’s song All You Need is Love. He passed on 40 years ago. No matter the darkness that tried to extinguish his light, his message lives on. Beautiful writing and photo.

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