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A Haiku - Tide and Time

Updated on June 15, 2012

There is a lesson we can draw from nature....

"Time and tide wait for no man."
"Time and tide wait for no man." | Source

For only two instants is the tide neither coming in nor going out.

Time and tide wait not.

See it ebb and flow, and learn:

Progress, regress, still.

Two instants of still,

Small instants at that, soon gone.

Progress, regress on.

Let us learn from this:

Man is subject to the tides,

Larger, smaller faith.

Like the moon, wax, wane.

An instant full, one empty.

Having, losing all.

Testimony full,

So sure of all things unseen.

Testimony gone.

Ephemeral? Yes.

As fragile as a moonbeam,

Brilliant as the sun.

Born to tide's unrest,

Waxing, waning, without rest,

Seeking what seems best.


© 2012 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.


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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Can it be that "insignificant man" is actually the reason for and the center of the Universe? Conscience is unique, and we can ponder the composition and nature of the Universe. Improbable as we ourselves are, literally a miracle that we are composed of a universe and able to look out and ponder the outer one. Thanks for your comments.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      I think people are comparable to tides. Here today and gone tomorrow until another high tide comes in and more people are born.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      I love this collection of haiku poems, well done. Voting up.

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco


      I once loved to wish

      And dream that wish came true

      Till the day it did