A Poem About Time

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TIME


Time slides by in silence,

Towards some stolen place,

And reconciles each moment,

Between humanity and space.


And time is all we really have,

To soak in and soak up,

The life, the loves, the laughter,

Whatever fills the cup.


In every second, breathing,

In minutes, sometimes smiling,

In every hour, waiting,

Each day, reconciling.


Despite the creaks and wrinkles,

Vanity lingers, hoping,

That age will come on slowly,

Not rush towards us, loping


boundless, knock us over.

We’ll stand tall, time abating,

Nods, winks, we know its coming,

Keep on smiling, keep it waiting.


I can’t stop time, can’t hold it,

The clock just keeps on ticking,

So lets soak up each second,

Until we all stop kicking!


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Jools99 3 years ago from North-East UK Author

Grace, many thanks for reading and commenting, I appreciate it :o)


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Grace-Wolf-30 3 years ago from England

Beautiful writing. Thank you : )


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Jools99 3 years ago from North-East UK Author

Mary, what a wonderful phrase- but you're right of course - we need to ebrace every single second of it. Many thanks for your comment.


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida

Time is like money: once it's spent, you can't get it back....

I try and value each minute of every day, and not waste one minute.

Beautiful work. Voted UP and shared.


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livingsta 3 years ago from United Kingdom

Awesome poem, thank you for sharing this with us.

Voting up and sharing!


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Jools99 3 years ago from North-East UK Author

ocfireflies - great name! Glad you enjoyed this poem, many thanks for reading - we can't stop time, we can only 'fight' it and then it moves on anyway so why worry - just make the most of it.


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ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

provocative and voted up


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Jools99 3 years ago from North-East UK Author

khmazz, many thanks for reading, glad you liked it :o)


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khmazz 3 years ago from South Florida

Loevely writing! I really enjoyed this!


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Jools99 3 years ago from North-East UK Author

Eddie, thanks for your comment; time is the great leveller, I try not to stop and think about it too much because it's laughing at me!


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Jools99 3 years ago from North-East UK Author

Elijah, thanks so much for your kind comment, glad you liked it.


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elijahgod 3 years ago from Nigeria

Great and wonderful poem, i love it!


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eddiecarrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

Elusive time, we think we have so much, but where does it all go?

Great poem, very thought provoking, up and interesting.


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Jools99 3 years ago from North-East UK Author

Wayne, many thanks - you're right of course, when we're young, we have no patience, when we're older, we want the time to drag by.....


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Jools99 3 years ago from North-East UK Author

Radcliff, many thanks for reading. We do have to appreciate ever second but we take time for granted far too often!


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wayne barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

Very nice poem, Julie. When we're young we want time to hurry and then as we age it seems to fly by and we want to put on the brakes.


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Radcliff 3 years ago from Hudson, FL

This is a touching reminder that we need to live in the moment and appreciate every second we have. Time is our most precious commodity! Thank you for sharing your beautiful work, Jools.


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Jools99 3 years ago from North-East UK Author

Dianna, when I was writing it I was reminded of a poem I had to read for my degree (by Samuel Jonson no less) about vanity and time passing and we mere mortals coming to terms with it! He was a master of such verse, mine is a sort of housewifey version :o)


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Jools99 3 years ago from North-East UK Author

Leslie! Great news!!!!!!! I cannot imagine how that time has been passing! My friend has recently had terrible news and I am still coming to terms with what she's been through and still has to go through, just terrible. Time is so precious!


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ImKarn23 3 years ago

Such a timely poem for me, Jools! I have spent the last 4 months having a health crisis - which culminated in the last 5 weeks..

i was facing my 'time' running out...quite literally..

i got the diagnosis just yesterday - and - it's benign!

Time is the only thing of value - other than loved ones!


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teaches12345 3 years ago

Great message - make the best of every second! I love your poetic verses and how you pose the question of time upon our passing. What does it all matter anyways?


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Jools99 3 years ago from North-East UK Author

Graham, many thanks for the read (and re-reads!) :o)


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Jools99 3 years ago from North-East UK Author

Rosemay, I totally agree, clock ticking and we need to embrace every second.


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Jools99 3 years ago from North-East UK Author

GRL, Indded we are, we need to be jamming in all of the living because the clock stops for nobody.


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old albion 3 years ago from Lancashire. England.

Well done Julie. I loved it. I read it four times before my comment. Lovely photographs to.

Graham.


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Rosemay50 3 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Love thias poem. Time seems to go ever faster as we grow older. We shoul make the very best of the time we have and treasure every moment.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

You said it! Time doesn't stand still and we've got to make the best of every moment we've got while we're still living.


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Jools99 3 years ago from North-East UK Author

Audrey - that means a lot from you :o) Many thanks.


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AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

What a great write Jools!


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Jools99 3 years ago from North-East UK Author

jan, many thanks for your comment - that is the best way - soak it all up!


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Jools99 3 years ago from North-East UK Author

CloudExplorer, thanks for your astute comment! Ageing is coming to us all and the best way is to accept it with a smile :o)


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Jools99 3 years ago from North-East UK Author

Michelle, I waste far too much time and I know it :o)


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Jools99 3 years ago from North-East UK Author

DDE, many thanks for your comment - gllod job we don't have to turn the hour glass every day - watching the sand pass through would be maddening wouldn't it :o)


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janshares 3 years ago from Washington, DC

Amazing poem, we can all so relate. Not having enough of it is my biggest stressor. But as you say so beautifully, "soak up each second until we all stop kicking." Thank you for this, up and beautiful.


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Jools99 3 years ago from North-East UK Author

xstatic, many thanks. I have been back at work and had a bit less time on my hands, maybe that's what made me ponder on time (cos I've had a bit less of it) :o)


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Jools99 3 years ago from North-East UK Author

Maj, thanks for your comment - time is something you can't grab hold of and stop - we all want more of it :o)


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Jools99 3 years ago from North-East UK Author

Vickiw, you are very kind! Thanks so much for your comment.


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Jools99 3 years ago from North-East UK Author

Bill, many thanks for reading; I do write the occasional poem; I should write more but I find it quite difficult :o) I should 'seize' the moment :o)


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Jools99 3 years ago from North-East UK Author

Audra, thanks for reading! I hope it 'feels' like its comeing on slowly :o) Can't stop time, can't slow it down, just got to go with the flow when possible (not always easy of course!!).


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CloudExplorer 3 years ago from New York City

I enjoyed this timeless poet, as time rages onward it never stops for anyone or anything. I actually don't believe in man-made time, but aging I do. Awesome poetic and creative style you have Jools99. Thumbs up and out!


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midget38 3 years ago from Singapore

A commodity we should indeed cherish. Sharing this, Jools, with votes way up.


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

The sand through the hour glass passes by fast and so does the years what we have should be treasures and treated special.


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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

Thank you for wonderful take on time.


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xstatic 3 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

A wonderful look at inexorable time as it advances on all of us! Billybuc got it right!


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travmaj 3 years ago from australia

Well said. Time is torture sometimes - when I'm running late or can't be where I want to be - simply there isn't time. And then - I dislike the fact that the years are passing so quickly - I can only blame time - I want more and more of it.


Vickiw 3 years ago

We are so fortunate to have our wonderful Hub poets! I love the way you express your thoughts, so sweetly.


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

I'm trying to remember if I've ever read a poem by you, Julie, and I don't believe I have. This is a lovely piece of work with an important message...seize the day...seize the moment...quit screwing around and live life to the fullest! You are speaking my language, Julie! Well done!


AudraLeigh 3 years ago

I want to "soak up each second"! I don't mind getting older, but I hope "age will come on slowly". Love your poetry!

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