Prom Sunday

Spiraling downdowndown roundroundround as the wheel turns
relentlessly across the vast indifference of the cosmos,
a lone small voice calls out in the chaos:
The time, the time! What TIME is it?
Is it time to splash across the firmament in a gaudy crescendo of color,
unmistakable and wild,
or is it time to be stone, mosscovered, unremarkable except for the
Who is entering through the revolving door – who is heading out to where
no one can see the end of all the light there ever was?
Is there time enough to live without regret, or have there been so many wrongs
that nothing we can ever do will right them?
Is it time to give up, taste the bitter powder of defeat,
or time to batter ‘gainst what crushing odds crouch, silent?
Is the clock ticking doubletime now that the tunnel shortens,
or is that simply the perception of the ones who walk on farther?
pass as slowly or as swiftly as we let them.
We can’t stop Time; He races with the sun and always wins,
but we can be immersed, afloat, surrounded
in His generous embrace.
There is always time for living.
There is always time to feel.
There is always time to give and time for taking.
And no, the graysuits down on Wall Street can’t invest it,
can’t hold it ‘til the time is right to trade it;
no yellow howto books for dummies on this subject.
Alone we occupy our carrels in the millionmaze of mayhem,
striving mightily to ravel out, judiciously, our efforts.
Is is time?
Is it TIME?
Are we THERE yet?

© 2012 RC deWinter ~ All Rights Reserved

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  • Shulie1
    Shulie1over 2 years ago

    Fantastic Gena – spend a lot time regretting time profligately wasted

  • I think we all do, Stephanie. Thank you.

    – RC deWinter

  • john blankenburg
    john blankenburgover 2 years ago

    “We can’t stop time;he races with the sun and always wins,but we can be immersed, afloat, surrounded in His generous embrace.” Wonderful! Deep in meaning.Great write.

  • So glad it speaks to you, John, I thank you.

    – RC deWinter

  • RosaCobos
    RosaCobosover 2 years ago

    There and here…right or wrong are but conceptions, incenptions…perceptions….absentminded…
    There is Time for all or for none..I can tell are right.
    Regretting never takes what is back behind us…our living…
    Mourning over Time is a melancholy and getting us close to Death…meaning…dead.
    Imagination…just awesomeness…yes…without outlines and vibrating inside of the Soul.
    Rosa ( your outburst of philosophical movement has surprised me with energy….wonderful writing, with an original way of expressing it. Rich, imaginative and tremendously close to mind-heart)

  • Thank you, Rosa, for your generous and thoughtful feedback.

    – RC deWinter

  • RosaCobos
    RosaCobosover 2 years ago

    Because there is no Time and all Time is wonderful for diving into it…this poem so well deserves it.

  • Honored, much appreciated.

    – RC deWinter

  • carboneye
    carboneyealmost 2 years ago

    ….and a splash of humour thrown in for fun!, I have to admit to partaking in a similar line of questioning recently, what time is it in my life?, I feel like I’m about to fall off the big hand it’s been pointing down for so long now! Einstein did say that time is a relative thing and everyone’s individual life-time, is supremely subjective, a time-table would have been nice! :}

  • I am racing with Time, it seems, always….so much to learn, to do, to see….so many people yet to meet and know…it never ends and never slows down…

    – RC deWinter

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