“Only the Now Remains,” #chōka, #dverse poets

Lisa is hosting at dVerse, and she asked us to write a poem inspired by an Ernest Hemingway quote from the list on the challenge post HERE. My selected quote follows along with my chōka:

There is nothing else than now. There is neither yesterday, certainly, nor is there any tomorrow. How old must you be before you know that? There is only now, and if now is only two days, then two days is your life and everything in it will be in proportion.

–For Whom the Bell Tolls (1940)

“Only the Now Remains”

everyone leaves us
by chance, change, desertion, death
all alone we drift 
like fallen leaves aimlessly 
rudderless on the 
waterway of time until
the river parts us 
all in the end...treasure the
moments that go with the flow

©2021 Colleen M. Chesebro

This quote from Hemingway puts the current world into perspective. Live in the moment, as our tomorrows can certainly be limited. Be glad you’re alive. ❤

32 thoughts on ““Only the Now Remains,” #chōka, #dverse poets

  1. There is something so liberating in the point of view, Colleen! I love how you made the concept your own. My favorite part:
    “until
    the river parts us
    all in the end…treasure the
    moments that go with the flow”
    So happy to see you at dVerse and hope to see you there again, Colleen ❤

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