What has been will be again,
what has been done will be done again;
there is nothing new under the sun.
Is there anything of which one can say,
“Look! This is something new”?
It was here already, long ago;
it was here before our time.
There is no remembrance of men of old,
and even those who are yet to come
will not be remembered
by those who follow. ~ Ecclesiastes 1:9-11
The Teacher’s words belie the truth,
for we know him, hear him, remember him.
What about me?
My published writing,
more massive than his,
will likely swim in cyberspace and pixels,
dampness, not even a drop,
in vast oceans of words.
And my sons? More durable than words?
They can glorify my name or make all revile it. ”
So throw in life everlasting, stir up
the equation with concepts The Teacher never guessed.
What has been will be again.
Life never ends. Love never ends.
God, you are the same today
as you were in The Teacher’s day.