A to Z Challenge – T is for Time

April 23, 2015 at 12:05 am | Posted in A-Z Blogging Challenge 2015, History, Philosophy, Poetry | 13 Comments
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A2Z-BADGE [2015] - Life is Good

Time – framed

 

Have you ever wondered where ‘time’ comes from? I wrote this poem after I heard the clock chime midnight.

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Twelve chimes mark the end of day

and the beginning of the next.

Although Man’s own construct

Time seems almost mystical

measuring our days as we move

from past through present

to future.

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How many days will we own?

One or nine hundred,

or twenty-five thousand –

our three score and ten.

In our allotted days

life becomes complete –

or at least completed.

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We waste our minutes

count our hours

measure our months

celebrate our years.

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And yet they do not exist in reality

but only in our minds.

We did not need them in the forests

nor in the caves.

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But as we hunted and gathered

we became aware of seasons

and named them, giving them magic

framing the cycles of life

of planting, growth and harvest

binding them to us

in ritual and celebration.

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And so we created Time –

to measure the seasons

to plan our toil and our rest

to measure our lives

to provide meaning and certainty.

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Now, Time is a number

measurable beyond the change

from season to season

or from night to day.

Time is hours, minutes and seconds

nanoseconds

timetables and calendars

Time is money

Time marches on.

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The tool has become the master;

our creation has become a tyrant.

We don’t have time

Time waits for no man

Time’s up.

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Perhaps we should take

Time out.

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(c) Linda Visman

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  1. So many good points made in your poem

  2. Really good … fleeting …
    ME

  3. Great reflection, Linda. Too true, time has become our master and few of us can pull ourselves away from time-governed obligations. Whoever coined take time to smell the roses must have felt the tension of too many peripheral importances.

    • You are so right about stopping to smell the roses – we all need to do that! This latest period without outside communications has been great for that! 🙂

  4. Lovely poem Linda thank you. Time is hard to ‘capture’ but you’ve expressed it so well.

  5. Time has definitely started to work against us! I’d love a time out, but I’d need another day in the week he wasn’t allowed to visit. 😉

  6. My favourite of your poems that I’ve read so far. Love:

    We waste our minutes

    count our hours

    measure our months

    celebrate our years.

    • Thanks, Debbie – I kind of like that myself. 🙂
      So glad you’ve been along to visit here and see the A – Z challenge!

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