Prayer Flag Impermanence [Free Verse]

prayer flags languidly roll
in the courtyard
of the monastery

one monk
has seen the flags
every day since
they were erected


before that
saw their predecessors --
sun-bleached and tattered

that monk
 looks upon the flags
as if he's never seen them before
and will never see them again

each monk was taught to think this way,
but he's the only one who sees this way