Tetractys on Heraclitus’ River

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The
river
is never
the same river,
flowing around you changing as you step.
Each moment changing, evolving; growing.
When you step out
you are not
the same
man.

4/24/17

Poem #26 for National Poetry Writing Month (aka #NaPoWriMo)

A while back I wrote a tanka about Heraclitus’ River. Its a theme that has always struck a chord with me, as has Heraclitus’ philosophy  in general.

The image is a detail from Raphael’s School of Athens featuring Heraclitus, whose features are based on those of Michelangelo.

And, for those keeping track, this is my 200th post on this blog.

Isolation #2 (Tetractys)

I’m
alone,
by myself,
in a crowd of
people, anxiety, and suffering.

4/14-4/23/17

This poem started life as the first draft of Isolation, but I couldn’t get the syllable count to fit the tetractys form. I ended up starting over and writing a new tetractys on the same theme. After letting it rest for a few days I came back to the first draft and was able to complete it.

Poem #24 for National Poetry Writing Month (aka #NaPoWriMo)

Now (a Tetractys)

Now
is all
that there is:
The past is gone
and the future will never quite arrive.

4/18/17

 Poem #23 for National Poetry Writing Month (aka #NaPoWriMo)

Life (a double tetractys)

Life
begins
in darkness,
grows in the light:
developing, evolving, flourishing.
aging, decaying; systems breaking down.
Life always ends
in darkness
and in
death.

4/15/17

Poem #17 for National Poetry Writing Month (aka #NaPoWriMo)

This is my second attempt at at tetractys and my first double-tetractys.

Isolation (a tetractys)

Here
alone
in a room
full of people.
Walls and chasms between their hearts and mine.

4/14/17

Poem #16 for National Poetry Writing Month (aka #NaPoWriMo)

This is my first attempt at at tetractys.