Monday, 26 August 2013


“Vanitas vanitatum, dixit Ecclesiastes; vanitas vanitatum, et omnia vanitas” – Ecclesiastes 1:2

“Passing Place” by photographer Steven Kelly is this week’s visual stimulus for Magpie Tales' followers who take the challenge to verbally create a suitable response. Here is my offering:

This, Too, Shall Pass…

This fleeting moment
Of our time in the sun,
This, too, shall pass –
Remember; for the happy man shall be made sad,
And the sad man made happy.

This mortal coil,
All of our suffering,
This, too, shall pass –
Remember; for the pain shall be made joy,
And the joyful made melancholy.

This grand love,
Our all-consuming passion,
This, too, shall pass –
Remember; for the flame shall be made ash,
And the dust made into fire.

This glorious fame,
The greatness, this prestige,
This, too, shall pass –
Remember; for the renowned shall be made unknown,
And the obscure will be celebrated.

All is fleeting, all is vain;
Life, youth, love, beauty,
Riches, luxury, your bed of roses;
These, too, shall all pass –
Remember; for the last will be first,
And the first will be last…


  1. Definitely made me think... Thanks Nicholas

  2. We are but dust - we come from stardust and to that we shall return.

  3. One of my Dad's favourite sayings "...and the first shall be last" :) It so often works that way.

  4. one of my mom's oft-repeated phrases (this too shall pass)... & i have used it often & often myself

  5. Only in regards to what is of this world--right?

  6. and this too shall pass in the journey of life..wise words..

  7. Great poem, lots of meaning in it.