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No Time - A Poem About the Strains of Modern Life

Updated on May 3, 2013
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'No Time' is a poem about the modern era; about how our lives and daily demands leave many of us with little time to truly enjoy life; to sit back and appreciate the the things we really love.


No Time

I push through the chaos,

My mind tangles up,

My senses are battered,

My thoughts remain shut,

The purr of the traffic

Sends birds to the sky,

Abused by construction,

I wish I could fly,

As I glance at my watch

I know I must run,

I've no time for a life,

No time to have fun,

I've no time to observe,

My eyes cannot see,

There's no time to listen,

No time to be me.




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      Nicole K 

      3 years ago

      Wow, I really like this poem. Very well written. It's so true that our lives can get so consumed with rushing around doing the things that have to be done, that we are not always able to fully enjoy life itself and the things we are truly passionate about. It reminds me of the quote: "Do more of what makes you happy."

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      Polly C 

      8 years ago from UK

      Hi Bkaone - I know exactly what you mean, we sometimes get so bogged down by work and other commitments in life that we can almost forget who we are. But after all, life is for living, as they say. Glad to see you've got things back in perspective. Thank you for reading and for your great comments :)

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      Bruce Aderhold 

      8 years ago from Frederick, MD

      This is why I put my life back into perspective. My work had taken over the last five years of my life and when I finally stopped to take a break I found I never had time for me. I've since put work third, behind my family and writing. Great poem.

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      Polly C 

      8 years ago from UK

      Hi Doug, thanks for stopping by - I think that saying is probably true for America and the rest of Europe, but not including Britain which has a vastly different feel to most other more laidback European countries. It's why we go there on holiday (apart from the sun!):) But I definitely feel we should all be working to live - unfortunately the structure of modern life traps us somewhat. Personally I wouldn't really care if nobody had a mobile phone, but certainly need the central heating (especially this week!). Cheers Doug :)

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      Doug Turner Jr. 

      8 years ago

      The saying goes that Americans live to work and Europeans work to live, but you seem to be suggesting otherwise. Alas, we all face the grind. So much dreary effort to run these modern cities; sometimes I envy our primitive ancestors. But then I imagine life without central heating and my mobile phone and I get back to the grind. Cheers for the poem Polly C

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      Polly C 

      9 years ago from UK

      kaltopsyd, thank you - not sure if I'm much of a song writer though! Have to leave the melodies to someone else! :)

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      9 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA

      That will make a good song. Add a melody and mass produce this poem. :) I like it... And it's frightfully accurate.

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      Polly C 

      9 years ago from UK

      Hi epigramman, thank you for reading and for your comments - it's always nice to meet a visitor from Mars!

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      9 years ago

      I can always make time for you Polly.

      I am from Mars and we martians can make time - we also invent it!

      I would like to use your hubs as an example of a writer's perfection to detail and enlightenment and educate my planet!

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      Polly C 

      9 years ago from UK

      Myownworld, thank you for reading. I wrote this poem quite a long time ago and just thought I would add it. I think, when I wrote it, I was not only thinking about myself, but also about all the other people around me in the city centre, just rushing about, not really seeing anything, faces all stressed and preoccupied with their own little worlds. I'm happy you liked it, thank you :)

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      9 years ago from uk

      Our daily lives have become such a mad rush from one thing to another, and yet so fixed in our routines, that I too often wish I could slow it down. Wonder if it's life or just us though! 'No time to be me...' yes, lovely poem. Thank you for sharing this... :)

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      Debarshi Dutta 

      9 years ago from Calcutta

      Hi Polly,

      You have written a wonderful poem that says that you are also a wonderful Woman, with A capital 'W'.

      You can live more happily only when you find more and more time to be 'YOU'.

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      Polly C 

      9 years ago from UK

      foreignpress, thanks for reading and commenting, I'm pleased you liked it.

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      9 years ago from Denver

      What a wonderful poem. Increasingly, our lives have become a hideous balance of obligations: both personal and professional. As a result, we are traumatized into being something other than what we would like. How many people are asking "Who am I? Where do I belong? Why don't I fit in?" But there's no time to find the answers. Must find a job, must make money, must create a lifestyle. The only people benefiting are the drug manufacturers who create convenient tablets to ward off the ills of a world out of control. Glad to realize somebody else understands.


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