Thay asked
where are you 300 years from now?

touching impermanence
I walk with my ancestors
I sit next to mankind's ash

where are you 300 years from now?

there is no outside environment deteriorating
no inflammation
no other mass extinction
than the one inside me

Thay asked
could we fall in love with ourselves again?

In 2014, Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese monk and international faith leader who had transformative influence on the introduction of mindfulness to the Western world, was asked to write a brief statement on climate change by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change ahead of the Paris Climate Summit in September 2015. He titled it “Falling in Love with the Earth.”  In his book The Art of Communicating, Thich Nhat Hanh explains an exercise on the impermanence of things. This poem explores the exercise on impermanence in conjunction with his statement.