Wednesday, November 17, 2010

MAGPIE/ Prompt #41

                                                        photo/willow/Magpie Tales


STANDARD TIME

They direct us, every year,
to turn it back,
the clock,
back,
backwards,
to close down the year mechanically.

I want to grasp
on to one more hour,
make it stay,
stand there, don't move,

something I've tried to do
when I'm overly-
enthusiastic,
or a little crazy.

Find a lifeline to what's gone,
but have to settle instead
to winding the stem in reverse
so that the sun is confused
about when to shine,

but time bounces on
with uncertainty
to engulf us with darkness.

If I dream of what an hour
looks like,
I see a gazelle
leaping through the air.

I will tether it to my bed,
not let it go till springtime,
when I peer into the heart
of its intent,
and watch the flight
of an hour leaping ahead.


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35 comments:

marousia said...

I really enjoy reading you poem - time is always such an inspirational theme- i love the line "to close down the year mechanically." because that is just how it feels - thank you for sharing

Brigid said...

I really enjoyed this,

'If I dream of what an hour
looks like,
I see a gazelle
leaping through the air.'

what a gorgeous image.

Helen said...

Oh, how I dread the changing of time in Fall. Your Magpie has made it more bearable though .... thank you.

The Reason You Come said...

Would that we could make time stand still, especially during moments of happiness! The images you painted here are beautiful!

Lyn said...

Hi Marousia-
Thanks for visiting..so glad you enjoyed this..thank you!!

Lyn said...

Hi Brigid-
Thank you..it's funny how images come forth when we're writing poetry!! Glad they do...

Lyn said...

Hi Helen-
You're so right, about the fall...working my way to springtime!! Thank you...

Lyn said...

Hi to The Reason-
Always a pleasure to meet a new commenter..thanks so much for your generosity!!

Kind Spirit said...

"but time bounces on with uncertainty"....very true. Your words portray the theme nicely. Very well written. I enjoyed it.

Lyn said...

Hi Kind Spirit-
So glad you liked this one..it sort of had a life of its own!!

Berowne said...

"...the flight of an hour leaping ahead."
Very well done.

Lyn said...

Hi Berowne-
Very kind of you..thanks..being an Aries, I sometimes leap ahead too soon!!

Doc FTSE said...

I like the idea of an hour looking like a leaping gazelle.
Very thoughtful piece.

Lyn said...

Hi Doc FTSE-
Appreciate your comment..thanks so much!

Little Messy Missy said...

Love the pic!

Lyn said...

Hi Little Messy Missy-
I like the pic too. We have Willow to thank for it!!

Windsmoke. said...

I enjoyed this poem very much specially the gazelle and time bounces on part. Time is infinite and stops for nothing no matter what.

Lyn said...

Hi Windsmoke-
Thanks so much for your comment..time, I guess we all dream about somehow stopping it!!

Tumblewords: said...

Oh, what a fun read - I can imagine the gazelle helping out!

Lyn said...

Hi Tumblewords-
I'm always pleased when things are fun...thank you!!

Jingle said...

everyone is smarter than me.
you write such fabulous magpie,
admirable...

JamieDedes said...

Well done! Wonderful Magpie ... there is something primal and engaging about "time" as a subject.

Lyn said...

Hi Jingle-
Smarter than you??? You are accomplished and true blue!!! Always appreciate your input...

Lyn said...

Hi JamieDedes-
I like the idea of "primal"..exactly, and thanks for your thoughts!

R. Burnett Baker said...

"...I peer into the heart of its intent..." The entire piece is beautiful, but this last stanza is the icing on the cake!

Rick

Cad said...

Beautiful concept of how time may be perceived...

Lyn said...

Hi Rick-
Thanks for your kind words..you know, it's funny about poetry, and how some phrases just show up!!

Lyn said...

Hi Cad-
Thanks for your comment..happy that you did visit!

faith said...

to close down the year mechanically - great descripion of this event. It always is an adjustment for me. Great write!

Martin H. said...

Very nicely put. I have very mixed feeling about BST.

Lyn said...

Hi Faith-
Thanks for your visit and comments...I'm just getting adjusted now to ST!!

Lyn said...

Hi Martin H.-
Appreciate your kind words..not sure about BST??

Derrick said...

Hope the gazelle doesn't mess up the bed too much! Just imagine the days when you looked to the skies and decided for yourself!

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Lyn said...

Hi Derrick-
Very funny..I need all the help I can get to make up my own mind!!

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