“All is connected like a chain.

sols_6Nothing is permanent.

Everything changes.

If we do not accept that fact, we will always suffer.”

 Phra Saneh Dhammavaro

As spring moves slowly into view and I watch my students grow and not grow I am reminded of this statement from Phra Saneh Dhammavaro.    The line “nothing is permanent” sits with me.   We often work as if the world around us will always be with us but in fact we are all changing every day.   Our students are changing everyday.

If we can remember that little line it might help us as we move towards the end of the year and the massive testing season that looms before us.   Nothing is permanent and everything is changing – including our students.

I thought I might share a poem I wrote years ago bases on this quote.  It is the first of four poem on change published in a hand made book.

A Quiet Voice

The rush of waves over sand

The sound of gulls in flight

Call us from our sleep.

Adventure pulls as we tumble

Down the rocky cliff to the waters edge,

A path different today,

Moss flowers, geodes, or fox tracks,

Treasures to explore.

A leap from the hill

Lands us in rocky sand.

There are waves

To chase as we slip

From their chilly grasp

Quieter now. The wave are

Smaller, waiting, watching,

Drawing pictures in the sand

Masterpieces to be shared

For a moment, then washed

Away into the lake

As the waves stretch to meet them.

We draw again stronger, deeper

Determined to have

Our art remain.

But the waves play

Leaving a clean canvas.

Frustration as we want

The pictures to stay

The treasures to remain

Our Masterpieces there

For us to share.

Waves nudge us whispering,

The world will transform

A moment from now

A hill will be here,

The treasures will be different.

The waves will be here.

The canvas of sand will remain.

The masterpiece will be different.

We hang on to the change

Change sustains us.

About Joanne Toft

I am a retired Minneapolis Public School teacher. I walk, garden, help in schools and write. Life is good!
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2 Responses to Change

  1. blkdrama says:

    I think this is a wonderful way to deal with the obstacles that seem to get in the way and hold you back. The TEST can’t hold us back,right?

  2. Wilcox Carol says:

    What important reminders! Especially love the Dhammavaro quote! So true!

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