Time

Isn’t it strange how life is always changing, around the sun, we are rearranging,
But so perfectly in place each and every day that 24 hours is always the same.

And yet, I’m spinning, we’re spinning. And I’m flipping out, no wonder my head is so filled with doubt,
Life is happening on a cosmic merry-go-round.

I’m always twisting and twirling, saying, “slow this thing down,” 
but to my surprise there’s no way to get out.

So I sit here with that headache from those rides at the fair, the ones where you vomit into the thin spinning air.

I didn’t buy this ticket, I didn’t stand in a line, but somehow I’m on it and this ride is called Time….

It won’t stop, no!
Won’t even slow down,
but sometimes the rotation brings me back around,

To the places I’ve been, 
to the feelings I’ve felt, 
to the moments she left me to breathe and be still.

The moments she stepped out, 
so that I could take in
the magnitude of the situation
to replay them again.

She left me in childhood, when summer sun would not fade.

She left me and my sister in the yard when we played.

She left me in the school halls with newly learned facts.

She left me when I saw Him carrying his backpack.

She leaves me in moments when the passion is great.

She leaves when new life from my body greets its first days.

She leaves me when grief is so big that I must just lay.

She leaves me when pain etches it’s own pathways.

And though she leaves me quick, to slowly embrace,
She returns with a vengeance to pick up the pace.

For time must move faster with each year we age,
so that when the end comes, a blur is all we must face.

The haze from the people and places we’ve passed, unfocused for it was all spinning so fast.

Did you catch glimpses of the sun and sky, did you stop to take in the thoughts behind your eyes?

And then in an instant she decides to stand still 
and she whispers that she hopes your life was a thrill.

And with her departing, your brain hits rewind, 
and in one final breath you close your eyes,
and relive the whole ride of your journey in Time.

By: Stacy Johnson, 5-1-19

2 thoughts on “Time

  1. It seems we have much in common. Time is one of my personal fascinations. I actually teach a course in our honors program here at my university on the history of time, but we also deal with cultural and psychological perceptions of time too. Time seems to speed up as we age largely because our lives become more routine. When your young the fact that so many things are new experiences and this makes time feel more full and feel like it’s moving slower. But when you’re older and we lead more routine lives time passes quickly. Hell many times when I take my half hour drive to work, I honestly don’t even remember the journey. I remember leaving my house and then suddenly I’m at work! lol I think this is why parents say kids grow up so fast because life becomes even more patterned when you have time for little else but work and family, and structured bedtimes and meals, etc. Time is such a fascinating subject. Your words here are a wonderful story of our journey through time. 🙂

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