Posted by Ben Naga
Ah yes … Desire
Ending in disappointment
Just another gift
Posted on January 26, 2014, in Poetry, Senryu, Writing and tagged Lesson, Life, Love, Relationships, Senryu. Bookmark the permalink. 23 Comments.
I like how you’ve turned this around and made it into something positive.
The key is in the title. 🙂
Cf. The Four Noble Truths of Buddhism.
“It’s not what you see
It’s the way that you view it”
Are you sure? Sitting on a fence post I turned. The sky greeted me.
Yes, I do believe that everything is some kind of gift But then there are also moments when I decide that everything is a burden. Time for a cup of tea perhaps. (https://bennaga.wordpress.com/2012/03/05/passing-clouds/)
I have decided that you are a gift, and I’ll have coffee.
We are one another’s gift. Savour your coffee.
Learning not to expect so there won’t be disappointment. A wonderful gift. 🙂
How you view it, indeed.
All things work together for our good.
Every disappointment is a blessing.
Thank you for dropping by and for your kind words.
Indeed my head is fair spinning–too many mem’ries I suppose.
Food for thought.
Hmm. Concise. I like this a lot.
Sometimes “bad” things turn out to be of great value given time.
Yes, the first two of the Four Noble Truths. The rest of it is (3) suddenly understanding that it’s desire that causes disappointment and (4) learning how to not do that. Thank you for this concise observation
I just couldn’t fit all four in seventeen syllables. 🙂 Hopefully contemplating the senryu will help folk discover (3) and (4) for themselves. That is my fervent wish anyway. Just another gift.
Yes, I think you achieved that… the curiosity and interest
Surrender, and desire will end without disappointment.
I feel the title is perhaps often the most significant element in a poem and I choose them with care.
Yes, definitely and you choose them so well! 🙂
Thank you, Heila. You are very kind.
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