Time...Passing On


By: Wayne Brown

Sands through an hourglass marking time

The grains ever so uniform; white and fine

Each one a bit of time past with its fall

Yet time is measured by the sum of them all

Water dripping from the faucet spout

Drop by drop it all slowly falls out

Marking moments in slow syncopation

A measure of time in this life’s ration

White contrails marking a cold blue sky

The mark of high flying jets passing us by

Tracing precise movement across our eyes

Marking steady time while spanning the skies

A butterfly’s wings so delicate in their beauty

Move with such purpose and sense of duty

Highlighting the brief life of this artistic feature

Wings stop moving; time marks death of a creature

Time is ever-present and all about in our life illusion

Measured sometimes by sheer chaos and confusion

Though we value it, too often we pay it little mind

Until the clock hands stop and we’re out of time

©Copyright WBrown2012. All Rights Reserved.

2 March 2012

© 2012 Wayne Brown

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Irob 4 years ago from St. Charles

Very cool, and very observant

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Sunnie Day 4 years ago

Perfect thoughts on time..too bad we could not bottle it and sell it or better yet..save it! Thanks Wayne..creative as ever!

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SilentReed 4 years ago from Philippines

"Drop by drop it all slowly falls out" We are so conscious of time and use it as a bench mark relative to our life's achievements and failures. What if there was no "Time" ? Perhaps then there will be less stress and we will have "Time" to smell the roses :) Love the poem, it makes us pause to ask these questions of life's purpose and values.

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xstatic 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

We grow more conscious of time's passage as we grow older of course. This is a great Hub, one to make you pause, watch that sand drain for a moment, then get busy, do something worthwhle...

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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up, awesome and beautiful! Flows like a river and makes me want to say for just a moment let time stand still.

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teaches12345 4 years ago

You have a way with words and a poetic talent. Beautiful thoughts expressed well and the reader is able to picture the meaning in the mind. Good song and a great match for your post. Thanks for sharing.

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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@Irob....Thanks so much! WB

@Sunnie Day...It would sell very well! Thank you! WB

@SilentReed...No time would truly be immortality. I hate to think that we would get bored with that...but I wonder. Thank you! WB

@xstatic...This one was lingering on my subconscious mind. I had just post another hub yesterday and started doing other things but this poem was there just poking at me to come out...so I stopped and release it upon the page. I felt better afterward and actual could then focus. Your words are so true. Thank you! WB

@Gypsy Rose Lee...Thank you for those kind words. There have been a few moments in my life that made me think that time stood still but I was wrong! LOL! WB

@teaches12345...Thank you. Ten years ago I would have laughed if someone had predicted that I would be writing poetry and sharing it with anyone. The road leads in a lot of directions. I am so glad that I could entertain you with this one. WB

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ImKarn23 4 years ago

Very true, Wayne. Personally, I don't keep watches or clocks, and have never set an alarm clock. I need to live somewhere hot where the changing seasons don't mark the passage of time so distinctly! thanks for this. stop by sometime, Wayne. i'll put the coffee on...

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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

Time is never still and I wish we could capture it. Beautifully expressed!

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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

Wonderful poem. I too wish time would stand still sometimes. Voted up and beautiful, Joyce.

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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I have grown more conscious of time's passing, not so much through age, but the life changes with which I have had to adapt. And, so it is for all of us.

Thank you for your poetic brilliance that captured this moment and made me take note. Time stops for no man.

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KimberlyLake 4 years ago from California

Very profound. Time is our friend and our enemy. Loved your poem.

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anndavis25 4 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

Once I was kissed by the son of a preacher man....and time stood still. just funnin', Wayne

This is a very thought provoking piece. Thank goodness we can take photographs to remind us of time passed that we can only keep in memory. A lovely work.

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kevins blog52 4 years ago from southern Indiana

great read wayne, I could say a lot of nice things about your Hub Wayne but It speaks for its self. I voted up and awesome.

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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@ImKarn23...You are lucky that you can avoid time as much as you do. I have to set the alarm because I love to sleep in! I promise that I will get by soon! WB

@Ruchira...Thank you! Good luck with your attempts! WB

@writer20...Me too! Thanks much! WB

@Amy Becherer...Thank you...great to hear from you. Time is so hard to ignore. WB

@KimberlyLake...So very true. Thank you! WB

@anndavis...Ironically, photos are the one place that time really does stand still...we can always go back there via the photo and be in that time for a moment..how wonderful! Thank you! WB

@kevins blog62...Thanks so much, Kevin. I am so glad that you were entertained. WB

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Vellur 4 years ago from Dubai

Great poem. Love the rhyming endings. Voted up.

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Fennelseed 4 years ago from Australia

Such a timely reminder that that time marches on and just like for that little butterfly, our time is limited. Chaos and confusion wastes so much of our precious time and it's high time we let go of these time wasters. Love your wise words WB. My votes to you.

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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@Vellur...Thanks so much! Glad you enjoyed it. WB

@Fennelseed...Thank you. We begin to appreciate time and health as we get older and watch those who were friends pass from this life. WB

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savanahl 4 years ago

Very nice poem. What a perfect depiction of time. Beautiful! Voted up.

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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@The Frog Princess...Thank you! WB

@savanahl...Thanks for the great marks...so glad that I could capture time for you. WB

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Vincent Moore 4 years ago

Time will never stand still for us, we have a short window as the pages of life keep turning. Our summer ends and our future undetermined. The clock keeps ticking as we watch the seconds count down to our end. Yes most definitely these are the days, we must cherish what we have for a short while we are here to enjoy them. Beautifully presented my friend, blessings and peace to you and yours. May all your days be long.

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breakfastpop 4 years ago

Beautiful and wise. That's why we have to make every moment count. Up, beautiful and awesome.

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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@Vincent Moore...If we are lucky, we get about 3000 Saturday nights....that's not many! LOL! Thanks much. WB

@breakfastpop...We certainly do. Once we get into the 4th quarter, the time starts to fly! WB

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ziyena 4 years ago from Southern Colorado

Beautiful! Up

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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@ziyena...Thank you! I appreciate it! WB

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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

You are a prolific and talented writer my friend; glad I stopped by. If I could make time stand still I think this is the age I would prefer. I see things so much more clearly now; as you said in a comment on my site, I understand the process now and that has made a great difference. I appreciate your viewpoints and willingness to put it out there to instigate debate and thought.

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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@billybuc...Thank you Sir...I think we all pay more attention in the last quarter of the game...needs some points on the board! LOL! The faster the process is understood, the sooner one really starts to enjoy life. Thanks much for the good words. WB

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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

Butterfly wings and a dripping faucet? Made me think about life and death. We are only here for a moment and merely passing through. If time could stand still, there would be things I would change. Beautiful poem Wayne, but no matter when I come to read your work it is always splendid. Thumbs up and shared. :)

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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@AEvans...Thank you so much for those kind words. With poetry, I try to write as clearly as I can what is on and in my heart. When I took up the art I made a commitment that my poetry would never be vague...you picked up on this message very clearly confirming that I accomplished my mission...Thank you! WB

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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

Wayne, Your words are never vague and this poem I have bookmarked. Because of you the dripping faucet and a butterfly will be looked at differently. I will always remember this poem. :)

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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

wow Wayne how cool is this hub.. and the video.. I love your poem ..

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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

Wayne are you on Facebook? you can find me Deborah Brooks Langford...I shared on on Facebook.. this is that good..


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@Deborah Brooks...Thanks so much. You can find me under "Wayne Brown" on FaceBook but I am not very active there. Thanks much! WB

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