Tuesday, November 5, 2013

The matter of time



This morning, time ran out
without clothes & shoes

No explanations were given
in short meeting & email that followed-

I went back to my office cube
& checked my watch-
It was still stuck to one hour plus+
Like a stubborn dial or broken wheel

My 30 min. lunch break vanished in 1 min. 
while my 10 min. advisor negotiations  
ambled slow, stealing half of my day -
I fall into this hard-to-break habit: 

Time
Per Hawking's theory
are of two types - real &
Imaginary (like a tea time to a child)

Tomorrow is a tyrant 
if things aren't done today, so I
smooth yesterday's files into
wrinkle-free pages, as if time neither
expanded nor collapsed but held its breath -  
 

I type my decision:   No
change in the pricing!  (Keep the client happy)   
 

Then I think of pushing out
to sea in the boat & calling time out -
Why did you leave me here?
Stuck with box of hanger coats 
They're a burden to carry -

But I hesitate
to scamper after time  
yelling:   Come & Be Happy here !

I'm rooted to this office 

Where everyone invents & misses numbers- 
Usual culprit:  There wasn't enough time

4:00 pm

I go home & untie
time & space as if they're ribbons in my hair-
They scamper polka dotted marbles

Settling in their picture frames, contented -

But I'm not-
My poster reads - Don't Disturb me! 

Into a "wormhole" (Hawking's term)
I slip slide slow  
Reading words again
again
Now here lies a mystery: 
Even at first glance
I know them intimately like a lover's body 

Evening pulls 
palmed milky, combusted of stars
I gaze at blue crinkling sky,  
shimmering, an eternal pond -

Posted for D'verse Poets Pub - OpenLinkNight ~  Thanks for the visit ~ 

53 comments:

  1. nice....you capture a bit of the feel of time too...everything rushing in at once...we trying to make decisions...the things we need are too short, the things we'd rather escape run long...i like hte push out to sea and calling time out...ha...if only...i understand...smiles.

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    1. Sounds like my day ~ If only.... Thanks Brian ~

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  2. They say that in parallel dimensions, & on the other side of the veil, time does not exist, the eternal now, what we see as past, present, & future stretches out on one wonderful plain/plane. DST always disturbs me, emotionally & physically. Why in hell don't they just leave it alone; would please millions. I love your lines /I go home & untie time & space/as if they're ribbons in my hair/.

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    1. Interesting theory of time, us giving it labels (past,present & future) is only for convenience ~ I would love time travelling though, if only ~ Thanks Glenn ~

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  3. i think our nature rebels continuously to the fleeting nature of time...the things we have no time for.. when time drags endless...when it runs... we're forced to live with it and would rather want to break free...the pushing out to sea sums it up beautifully..

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  4. This resonates with how I feel these days..time flying by..great capture.

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  5. Oh this could be days of mine recently... time is out... and can you capture it with a time-out... and we are just slaves to the clock.

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  6. I can certainly relate to your poem Grace! Too often we seem to runout of time. I like how you have expressed it. I was drawn into your poem right from the start!

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  7. Grace this is a great piece about the nature of time. Loved it. >KB

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  8. A captivating read. Time is a timeless thing... I guess. Loved your words and how they came together building this crafty creation. :-)
    -HA

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  9. love the way this poem was crafted..time; at one end of the pendulum a precise and demanding aspect, at the other end..an illusion. Imagery is great..enjoyed the rhythm and flow.l.nice poem

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  10. I felt rushed reading this ~ in a good way though. I hope you get the chance to slow down and that your client is happy :-) Have a ….calm day, enjoyed your work production ~ smiles

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  11. yes the rush screams through here - one of the very first poems I wrote as a yiung child came back to my mind as I read your words --
    time passes fast when you want it to last, time passes slow when you're sad, time is so funny I think that its queer, time makes alarm clocks ring in your ear, time is the stuff that you read on your clock, time will go on, if you like it or not

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  12. I go home & untie
    time & space as if they're ribbons in my hair


    love this - a great & timely exploration of effects of time (real &/or imaginary) on our daily lives

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  13. O, a whole day with you and numbers and the non-cooperating clock! I love the fulcrum of the poem where you untie time and space like hair ribbons. I love that the destination is the eternal pond.

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  14. Love the spunk in this:

    "I go home & untie
    time & space as if they're ribbons in my hair-
    They scamper polka dotted marbles
    Settling in their picture frames, contented "

    and the maturity of the cosmos that seems to answer back in the closing stanza. Lovely poem~

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  15. this chimes so damn true:

    "I'm rooted to this office
    Where everyone invents & misses numbers- "

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  16. "I go home & untie
    time & space as if they're ribbons in my hair- " Grace I really loved the whole poem, this line in particular.

    I do hope you will send me something for the gratitude quilt… would love your heart, your voice to be part of it.

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  17. Time, such an eviscerated thing....

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  18. Yes - there are two time dimensions according to the theories - clock time, and a closed time dimension - a mystery to everyone! Nicely captured.

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  19. there are some fabulous plays on words in here Grace - really made me smile.

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  20. a great poem about time and how it controls us...love how you come home and untie it from your hair that's feels like a great feeling... hope you have less hectic days in the future. :)

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  21. I like the word play throughout the poem, it's really clever. I can empathize 1000% with the daily battle with time.

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  22. Time is elastic as you say depending on what you are doing.

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  23. I dedicate this song to you. I love your poem beautifully written and embraceable.


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxabLA7UQ9k


    Hope you like the song...it fits well with your poem.

    :)

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    1. Inception - Wow, I love it ~ Thanks for sharing Charlie ~

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  24. I can so relate to this Grace. Doesn't that half-hour lunch break really feel like a minute? We give ourselves away each day and feel so fortunate if we do have the time and energy to even share a poem. Loved this write.

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  25. Love this! Especially the stanza:

    Tomorrow is a tyrant
    if things aren't done today, so I
    smooth yesterday's files into
    wrinkle-free pages, as if time neither
    expanded nor collapsed but held its breath -

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  26. This is amazing. Extremely well put together!

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  27. I liked this, as if our lives are a mobius strip of events...

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  28. Very nice. Great ride through the day & your thoughts. :-)

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  29. I love the way you've captured time in this piece, great write.

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  30. I'm so glad I had time to read this piece. I really enjoyed it.

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  31. I love the image of you "untying time and space as if they're ribbons in my hair". What a way to describe freedom. :-) I enjoyed this poem, Grace.

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  32. Oh! yes i completely agree with this. Being in different profession other than poetry one has to take out time to write it, but still we find joy in it.

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  33. Bravo Grace! I love, "untying time and space as if they're ribbons in my hair" and the marbles...we
    all know how they go~

    I loved your ending!

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  34. An awareness of time requires reflection. Nicely done.

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  35. Story of my life! Ah, that feeling of never enough time, of the relentless race... And then, by contrast, that last stanza, pulling ourselves out of the tick-tock,

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  36. Grace,
    This is so smart, and your perceptions are so to the mark. Wonderful examples of the tyranny of so-called time, contrasting so well with the striking image of the eternal you capture in your sky. This is a wonderful poem, one of my favorites of yours.

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  37. so many good moments in this, like the one minute lunch, but esp liked, "I go home & untie
    time & space as if they're ribbons in my hair- " - something so very real and alike to me ;-)

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  38. ah dear is amazing and yes is hard work like you in a office wuth the time to lunch, time sometimes you don't have andall days run to home ( I worked like secretary about 20 years until w

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  39. sorry! until wr adopted our twins!!

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  40. Time passes so slowly slowly at work and so quickly at home and in a blink during lunch. This was very well done. As always, thank you. Have a beautiful week!

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  41. I love this - you really captured so many essences of time here.

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  42. I absolutely adore this poem, Grace. The elasticity of time, creatively drawn. Thank you.

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  43. Going on to long the things you want gone and the things you want barely sticking around, yuck, but seems we all are stuck in it at our ground

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  44. This feels so familiar and actually seems like today, even though I'm "retired." (Huge myth) Catching up after no Internet access and happy to be back in poetry time!

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  45. Grace, I remember the 9-5 world, and you encapsulated the experience so well, it almost made me nervous, wink... I appreciated your references to Hawking. I sometimes wonder about him... being in that limited physical state and pondering time. Seems almost fitting; at other times, ironic.

    A very solid write, my dear. Amy

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  46. It does seem like we race against the clock...or seem limited by it. Really great writing Grace!

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  47. It
    s always a happy time to escape the system it seems..
    To transcend to a reality that is ReALLy real...

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  48. I never even bothered to change my clocks. Time is only relevant to them who own a calendar.

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  49. Very good! Love this. It reminds me of how so many cultures view time very differently.

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