Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Poets United Midweek Motif ~ Time


Midweek Motif ~ Time
From time immemorial humans have endeavored to bind the omnipotent, eternal immeasurable Time.

Science and Arts do that in their unique way. While the Rotation of the Earth from east to west, the Earth's Revolution around the Sun, the phases of the moon, the swing of a pendulum and the beat of a heart act as the alphabets to read the language of Time, colors and lines of artists and words of poets aspire to tease and go beyond Time.

We cannot deny the ambiguous nature of Time. While Time is truly a measurable entity it is both instantaneous and eternal.

Are we all fixed to a time frame?

What sayest thou?

A few quotes and a couple of poems for inspiration:

"Hide nothing, for time, which sees all, exposes all."---Sophocles

"How did it get so less so soon? It's night before it's afternoon. December is here before it's June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?"---Dr. Seuss

"It is looking at things for a long time that ripens you and gives you a deeper meaning."---Vincent Van Gogh

"Now five years is nothing in a man's life except when he is very young and very old"...Wang Lung ---Pearl S. Buck, The Good Earth

To His Coy Mistress 

By Andrew Marvell 

Had we but world enough, and time,
This coyness, lady, were no crime.

We would sit down, and think which way
To walk, and pass our long love's day.

Thou by the Indian Ganges' side
Shouldst rubies find; I by the tide
Of Humber would complain.

   I would
Love you ten years before the Flood,
And you should, if you please, refuse
Till the conversion of the Jews.

                            (The rest is here)

Time Xxi

By Khalil Gibran

And an astronomer said, "Master, what of Time?"

And he answered:

You would measure time the measureless and immeasurable

You would adjust your conduct and even direct the course of your spirit according to hours and seasons.

Of time you would make a stream upon whose bank you would sit and watch its flowing.

Yet the timeless in you is aware of life's timelessness,

And knows that yesterday is but today's memory and tomorrow is today's dream.

And that that which sings and contemplates in you is still dwelling within the bounds of that first moment which scattered the stars into space.

Who among you does not feel that his power to love is boundless?

And yet who does not feel that very love, though boundless, encompassed within the centre of his being, and moving not from love thought to love thought, nor from love deeds to other love deeds?

And is not time even as love is, undivided and paceless?

But if you thought you must measure time into seasons, let each season encircle all other seasons,

And let today embrace the past with remembrance and the future with longing.

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  1. Wonderful theme, Sumana! Have a great poetic week, friends!

  2. Hello everyone,

    Its Midweek Motif once again :D hope you all like my poem.. tried writing a triolet this time :D

    Lots of love,

  3. This one has been ticking around for seven days...funny how they pop out not quite how you first intended...thank you for the thought workout (ow)

  4. Enjoying the wonderful treats here today...thank you friends :)

  5. Thanks for the prompt, Sumana, a topic that has fascinated poets since ancient times.

  6. I love your beautiful and inspiring prompt, Sumana! Thank you for linking me HOURS before I woke this sunny morning! We've had street work here ALL Night! And another drill woke me from right outside my bedroom window. Different company, different project of my town. I'll be glad when it is all finished! Time flies ...

  7. Great theme. I could write several poems on time ... but the one I did write is a bit weird!

  8. wrote this knowing with time one can learn how to love. a selfless act which comes in many forms, communicated in many ways.

    feliz mid-week, mi amigos

  9. A wonderful theme. Enjoyed writing on it. Wrote a poem with the flowing river as the metaphor of time :)

  10. Happy sunny morning, kids! Looking forward to reading the responses to this prompt. I hope everyone is having a happy morning - and appreciating this TIME together, LOL.

  11. Really interesting theme. Best wishes to everyone!

  12. Good prompt Sumana, infinite possibilities. Thanks for hosting again today. I'll be reading the poems throughout the day.

  13. Sumana,

    Fantastic prompt choice; the possibilities were endless!!
    I enjoyed working with my contribution. I shall be visiting all other Blogs over the next few days.

  14. Oh wow!! So many poets...I'll do my best to get some reading done...thank you for the inspiring post, Sumana!!

  15. This was my first attempt at a non rhyming poem so sorry if its hard to read. Time is seen differently from person to person and you can see the different shades from poem to poem


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