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Poems about Time

God's Minute
    Anonymous and very old
[sometimes attributed to Benjamin Mays, Willie Jolley, or others who quoted it]

I have only just a minute,
Only sixty seconds in it.
Forced upon me -- can’t refuse it.
Didn’t seek it, didn’t choose it.
But it’s up to me to use it.
I must suffer if I lose it.
Give account if I abuse it.
Just a tiny little minute --
but eternity is in it.

 

To see the world in a grain of sand
    by William Blake

To see the world in a grain of sand,
and to see heaven in a wild flower,
hold infinity in the palm of your hands,
and eternity in an hour.

 

Eternity
    by Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I am drawn to the wild edge of the ocean of my being.
My curiosity unbound, I test the limits of the limitless and the boundaries of the timeless.
I walk the path - the way - the way of ways - to the end that is not an end.

 

Time, an Untamed Beast
    by Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Time, an untamed beast,
awaits its funeral feast.

 

The Past
    by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Fling my past behind me, like a robe
Worn threadbare in the seams, and out of date.
I have outgrown it. Wherefore should I weep
And dwell up on its beauty, and its dyes
Of Oriental splendour, or complain
That I must needs discard it? I can weave
Upon the shuttles of the future years
A fabric far more durable. Subdued,
It may be, in the blending of its hues,
Where sombre shades commingle, yet the gleam
Of golden warp shall shoot it through and through,
While over all a fadeless lustre lies,
And starred with gems made out of crystalled tears,
My new robe shall be richer than the old.

 

Time is Carnivorous
    by Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Time is carnivorous.
Urgency rips the peaceful flesh from our bones.


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