time by anelephantcant

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once when time was long and slow
the poet decides that he must go
back to the start of everything
back to where all life begins

time doesn’t move from right to left
it doesn’t go from east to west
it never varies up and down
it simply always flows around

I know that I can’t 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

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 me that I’m growing old
proverbially it teaches wisdom
brings agelessness when death at last does come

once when time was long and slow
the poet decides that he must go
back to the end of everything
back to where his life takes wing

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8 Responses to time

  1. Mél@nie says:

    CC = cruel Chronos… 😉
    * * *
    “Watching a mountain stream reminds us that time itself is a watercourse…”(Jorge Luis Borges)


  2. Amrita Rao says:

    Saner and wiser


  3. Amrita Rao says:

    Time is a cruel teacher


  4. mandibelle16 says:

    Ah yes “back to where life begins” to wear it “begins.” Life is done now there is a new journey — perhaps a timelessness? Hugs Elephant 🙂


  5. mandibelle16 says:

    Beautiful CE. Thought provoking and I loved that you repeated the first and last stanza. Hugs 🙂


  6. Dear Elephant,

    Wistful and poignant. You have a way with verse.




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