Friday, August 12, 2011
Poetry Friday -- Time Does Not Stand Still
TIME DOES NOT STAND STILL
It's been said before
(a million-million times)
but it bears repeating:
time is a river that does not
stand still and wait for me.
--I remember the exact moment I learned to float on my back in the cold blue water of the swimming pool. I lay there looking up at the cloudless sky, sun on my face, roar of water in my ears. Floating. I floated until someone came and stood me up and told me that swimming lessons were over.--
Today I will try floating
on the river of time
instead of thrashing my arms and legs against the never ending current,
instead of racing to beat it to some place where no finish line exists.
© Mary Lee Hahn, 2011
It's good to be back, after two weeks in Belgium. Simultaneously, it's hard to be back, after two weeks in Belgium.
It's impossible not to think about time when you're in a place where the 1800's are recent history. The image above is the remaining fragment of the original city wall of Brussels. The river of time has clearly moved on and stranded it there in the midst of modern life.
It's impossible not to think about time when the new school year wakes you up and leaves you sleepless in the cricket-dark of the early morning.
Karen is hosting today's Poetry Friday round up at Karen Edmisten: The Blog With The Shockingly Clever Title. (I love writing that!) Many thanks to Kate and Libby for rounding up my scheduled PF posts the past two weeks while I was away!