Great presence reminds us
A thousand years are as a day
And there is
No new thing under the sun
And when it’s worn and done
You’ll fold it up
haiku, news, perspective, Pioneer Cabin Tree, poem, time
January 10, 2017 at 4:58 PM
Our purpose in life might be very small indeed, in the end. To follow God, which mostly means to love each other, I suppose. Perspective makes it easier to see it like that, which I guess is partly the point of Ecclesiastes, to put what matters into perspective against all the vanity and all the unknowable immensity. Your poem is much needed reassurance of the truth that in the end, and through it all, our most important legacy is always attainable. Ecclesiastes isn’t just a book saying everything is vanity: it speaks of loyal friendship with no irony, and of following God’s commandments. So much is entirely unknowable, but we know the work God has put in front of us, and the people God has given us to care for, and the Commandments of our Lord. Happiness is vanity, he says–better to find the meaningful life, fulfillment. (I just read the whole book, because of your poem. Thank you.)
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