- Conflict is now caused by a range of sources: war, terrorism, politics, location, money, status, wealth, identity and religion.
- Everything is fleeting and matters change.
- Humans think that they are in control but they must learn that they are insignificant in the grand scheme of life.
- All should question their beliefs, attitudes and opinions. What are they founded on? Are they reasonable?
- The poem covers many ideas that are viewed as true and constant.
- Religious books, maps, buildings and borders are just some of the things that people depend on to define themselves.
- Everything is made out of a material that can deteriorate and can soon become nothing in the eyes of men.
- On-going monologue
- Internal rhyme
- Nine four-lined stanzas and one single-lined stanza
- Polysyndetic listing
- Direct address
- Power of humans
- Power of memory