Mark Van Doren

(June 13, 1894 – December 10, 1972 / Hope, Illinois,)

Nothing Stays - Poem by Mark Van Doren

Nothing stays
not even change,
That can grow tired
of it's own name;
The very thought
too much for it.

Somewhere in air
a stillness is,
So far, so thin-
But let it alone.
Whoever we are
it is not for us


Comments about Nothing Stays by Mark Van Doren

  • Rajnish Manga (8/17/2016 7:51:00 AM)


    Nothing stays
    not even change... / excellent expression. Thanks.
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  • Susan Williams (1/13/2016 3:45:00 PM)


    Change is every where every second of the day - for example in the shadows stretching and creeping over the land as the day progresses. The changes in the shadows don't stay yet the shadows do return though they're never quite the same. Isn't it wonderful that we do not face the same landscape day after day. (Report) Reply

  • Savita Tyagi (1/13/2016 9:05:00 AM)


    Very profound poem. While change is of this world still ness is beyond us. (Report) Reply

  • Anil Kumar Panda (1/13/2016 7:13:00 AM)


    Change should be there. Old should die and new should take its place. Nice write. (Report) Reply

  • (1/13/2016 6:08:00 AM)


    Change is the basic characteristic of every thing living till life exists and for non living things they undergo changes due to wear and tear etc. An insightful poem. Thanks for sharing.10 points. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (1/13/2016 1:10:00 AM)


    We will all die one day. Nice work. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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