Time in Rhyme

AnElephant in Time by Phil Burns

AnElephant in Time by Phil Burns

Once when time was long and slow
AnElephant decides that he must go
Back to the start of everything
Back to where all life begins

He knows he cannot bottle time
It slips through fingers and through minds
It can’t be fenced it can’t be boxed in
It is a simple complex concoction

Time does not move from right to left
It doesn’t go from east to west
It never varies up and down
It simply always flows around

No barrier stands in its smooth way
It changes inexorably
Nothing ever halts its progress
There is never any point to protest

It passes on it takes its toll
It tells him he is growing old
It proverbially teaches wisdom
And brings agelessness when at last death does come

Once when time was long and slow
AnElephant decides that he must go
Back to the end of everything
Back to where his life takes wing

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38 Responses to Time in Rhyme

  1. emmylgant says:

    Et c’est le temps qui court, court
    Qui nous rend sérieux
    La vie est dure, on est parfois malheureux

    Parce que le temps qui court, court
    Change les plaisirs
    Et que le manque d’amour nous fait vieillir

    Adapte de la chanson Le temps qui court.


  2. colonialist says:

    The time has come, AnElephant said, to rhyme on many banks where the wild thyme grows –
    But he has a better time, one knows!


  3. nightlake says:

    It is a beautiful poem, but there is something very sad about it. Appreciate the artwork and the fact that the clock hands are in pink


  4. Penny L Howe says:

    Beautiful! A recent dream? Well executed, the dream itself must have been fascinating! This is one of your very best pieces Brian! xo


  5. j25code2 says:

    Wonderful piece of work.


  6. That little boy who lives within you will never grow old… he emerges in your words and rhymes and the adventures you write about. hugggs Brian 😉


  7. Allyson Mellone says:

    This is so beautiful. It watered my eyes. It brought this to me:

    AnElephant goes back
    In time to smooth
    The way it tolls
    And bring life
    Back to a ringing flow

    Thank you for your Rhyme of Time that is like a taste of thyme.


  8. Rhonda L. Brockmeyer says:

    Oh Brian…for some reason this o e really had a gentle feel and seriousness I love. A beautiful piece.


  9. eTilde says:

    AnElephant’s words leave me silent.
    I listen to the rain fall for a moment,
    recall what’s been done and said,
    imagine who will be there to kiss me
    when I last lay down my head.

    Your poem today is so lovely and like a mobius. It’s one I’ll read again and again. Thank you for sharing it.


  10. Margaret says:

    Time stands still……..for no one
    Time moves on…….things change…..friends gone.

    My kind of poem…love it.


  11. Jemmy Farmer says:

    Reblogged this on The Boi Poet and commented:
    A lovely whimsical demonstration of rhyme


  12. Jemmy Farmer says:

    Much enjoyed this delightful rhyme, beautiful flow too

    Awesome stuff, poet


  13. dulzimordash says:

    Reblogged this on Spontaneous Creativity.


  14. Harbans says:

    Time factor is great in our lives. A poetry worth reading.


  15. Ankita says:

    AnElephant has done wonders with his rhyme
    and this time i read it just in time! 🙂


  16. Alastair says:

    I can’t think of a rhyme to go with this. It’s an excellent poem from AnElephant


  17. Reblogged this on poetreecreations.org and commented:
    Great poem


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