Posted by Ben Naga
Row, row, row your boat
Slowly down the drain
Wearily, wearily, wearily, wearily
Life is but a pain
Posted on December 30, 2012, in Poetry, Writing and tagged Dukkha, Life, Pain, Quatrain, Reflection. Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.
It is not life that is a pain: it’s people.
All of Nature is beautiful when not tortured by the hand of man.
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ha ha…love it
I would not disagree. Here I was pointing at a different aspect of human experience; a restating of the Buddhist Dukkha (Suffering), one of the “Four Noble Truths”.
Yes, I see what you mean: to be born is to suffer.
Although it can be full of joy and beauty.
Though when an experience of joy of beauty there is always an opportunity for pain in its passing. Managing the constant transience is our route to growth. As The Book Of Guff has it: “Ce qui survient convient.”
Ben…so negative coming from you…ha ha ha…holidays got you down…cheer up chap…we yet another revolution around the sun to complete 🙂
I wasn’t attempting to be negative here (although we all have our changing moods). It is meant to – hopefully – offer some wry relief for those very moments; a tongue in cheek riposte to the well known (and no less comforting and cheering) children’s song. Also, see my comment above regarding Dukkha and the link there.
Thanks for the buck-up anyway. 🙂
I hate to admit that I giggled. The reality of this is raw. Nice.
It can be either/both amused and/or depressed. But then so can we, can’t we? 😉
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