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Photo of kanji by Jmettlen on Wikimedia Commons


Even our friends’ graves

will one day be ploughed over.

Grief diminishes

through time and we smile once more.

Calligraphy on

headstones will be eroded.

The deceased’s peers die;

his name is then forgotten.

The pines which are deemed to live

for a thousand years

are, in actual fact, chopped down –


or just pragmatically,

according to how life’s viewed.