Haiku H227

All those life forms lived –
Without legacy –
How will I be different?




Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion.



Notes to this poem…

A question I asked myself after a long time looking out at the Grand Canyon that is made up of a lot of layers of rocks containing a lot of fossils of organisms that once lived. That’s all that’s left of them today. Together, it is some magnificent legacy. However, individually, not much and for very few. Of course, I realized that as a general human being currently who doesn’t stand out in any way that society would care to keep alive a legacy after I am gone, I might well not even have that much of a legacy as those fossils if I get cremated as I wish to minimize my environmental footprint after I die.

A humbling moment, to say the least.

The H-series poems comprise of haiku composed while I was not engaged in some activity during which I frequently composed poetry. That is why these are called the Inactive Haiku collection.


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