Time is finite

Time is neither the passing of persons,
nor is it ash. It isn’t soil or decay.
Time is neither the tick-tock-clocking
carefully measured in sand.
nor the carcass of hogs polluting
muddy river water.

Time can be your silent moment
or a rage against the night,
it can be forged from petals falling
or from a heartbeat lost, but still it is
a chalice waiting to be filled.

Linked to toads for the Flash prompt by Kerry.

June 4, 2018

19 responses to “Time is finite

  1. Time for eating and time for sleep
    Time for working and time for play
    Time for children and time for you
    What’s left, time for chores, some for me

    That’s the kind of time you are filling, right?
    This was a fun read though I may have been way off mark.
    ..

  2. kaykuala

    but still it is
    a chalice waiting to be filled.

    However one sees it, one has to contend with time as it is!

    Hank

  3. This is incredibly potent and riveting, Bjorn! I like the idea of time as “a chalice waiting to be filled.” 💜

  4. This is an excellent depiction of time – what it is not and what it is. Some truly remarkable analogies.

  5. These lines are amazing, Bjorn:
    ‘Time can be your silent moment
    or a rage against the night,
    it can be forged from petals falling
    or from a heartbeat lost, but still it is
    a chalice waiting to be filled’.

  6. An amzing and thought provoking poem. I like the last lines, that time is a chalice waiting to be filled. Much better than those sands running through the hourglass we read so much of. I think of wine – rich and intoxicating.

  7. Yes, time can be anything and everything all at once. Einstein said, “Time is not what you think.” Perhaps we can agree it is unknowable, really.

  8. I really like the point of view and perspective you’ve chosen – it’s a great use. Stepping out and back – to see what it isn’t …. despite the “usual” measures …. and the ending is just superb! A chalice waiting to be filled – how true it is, despite how we perceive Time.

      • It’s fabulously refreshing. And a very clever idea to use – seldom do we consider this perspective as writers/poets etc. So this makes it all the more interesting and powerful – and really brings the message home, harder. Great piece Bjorn!

      • yes, it’s good to shake up the cobwebbed brain sometimes …

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