Time // a poem

Time is a funny creature. Sometimes it collapses upon itself and hours feel like seconds. Sometimes it stretches and expands like a giant flat spider, creeping slowly along. But recently for me, it barely seems to exist at all. I open my eyes in the morning and my mind spins. Didn’t I just do that? I crawl into bed at night and frown. Didn’t I just do that?

The days on my calendar zoom by so fast that they blur and disappear. A distant sense of panic and running out of time haunts me and grows stronger. And out of this desperate grasping, this poem was written.

Time is a funny creature. Funny in the most disconcerting way.

To stand upon its edge

Gazing into its winds

Is overwhelming


Staring hard into its vastness

It drips by slowly


And it’s gone


Sand trickles down the great basin

Once lost never regained

But still it goes on

And on


Arms spin mercilessly

Never stopping

Always mocking


Looking ahead

Flashes into looking behind

Until you’re dying


Yes, even at the gates of death

That you pass through with one final breath

It goes on

And on

(admittedly this is just me frantically preparing for and freaking out about looming exams.)

(looming, she says, when aforementioned exams are still months away)

(Months?! Time is a funny creature. It’ll be gone before I know it!)

(I think you have a case of anti-crastination and need to try chilling out sometime.)

(…you’re probably right.)

11 thoughts on “Time // a poem

  1. Pray that you are not stressed! Life is always stressful, you know. But you also know that you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. You are blessed to have such a busy and meaningful life. Your poem is so true and beautiful. It describes life. That is why Jesus told us not to worry about tomorrow. Live to the fullest one day at a time. Once we do everything diligently, responsibly, and right in the eyes of God, there is nothing for us to worry. Also, God makes presence, a present to us to enjoy today! Sending all of my love…

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  2. I love this, and I resonate with it so much. Time has recently felt frighteningly fast and painfully slow at the same time, and I don’t know what to do with that or how to live with it. time is indeed a funny creature. It is fascinating and also somewhat terrifying. I really love something that C.S. Lewis says about time though, that the fact that we are so aware of its existence and being bound by it shows that there is a part of us that is meant to exist outside of it, which is just really interesting to think about.
    I hope you find a way to relax and I hope you do well with your exams (be they months away yet). I’m sure you will. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. I’m terribly sorry you could relate, but I’m happy that you enjoyed it nonetheless. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Wow, yes, that C.S. Lewis quote is so epically profound. We are all immortals and yet still bound by time, at least for a little bit…wow. Thanks for sharing that quote. I’m going to be pondering over it.

      Thank you so much Sponge! And here’s a toast to the both of us learning how to deal with the funny creature that is time. *clinks glass*

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