Construct of Time


Universal time beyond

What we can comprehend

And we, a flicker of life

In something without end


Only we hear the ticking

Our perception of life’s clock

As we hurl through endless space

On a five billion year old rock


That knows nothing of time

Or how frantic our short lives

It holds no great urgency

For an end that never arrives


It is sheer hubris to think

We leave behind a legacy

We are but a speck of ink

On a billion pages of history


But time is what we built

To measure and report

The brevity of our lives

In our time so very short


And within this construct

The second hand we chase

We rush to live fast enough

To win this human race


23 Responses to “Construct of Time”
  1. These words certainly bring to clarity how fragile our time in this realm is – and the realization that billions have walked this ground before us, marching off their own finite time here as we are marching ours in the present and realize that, as we tread atop the footsteps before ours, so will future generations trod atop the footsteps we leave now. You write of a truthful perspective we all will face, whether or not we are prepared for it.

  2. beth says:

    and on the treadmill we continue to race

  3. Jim Borden says:

    but even if I’m just a speck, at least I’m part of history 🙂

  4. A beautiful work, so melodic and rhythmic at the same time…

    But we are more, so much more than a spec, so much more immense than the Earth and greater than time…

  5. petespringerauthor says:

    If we can make a speck of a difference in history, that would be quite a contribution.

  6. yassy says:

    Your verse carries so much wisdom. Beautifully crafted each word a delight to unravel and understand. A feast for that artsy senses. Construct of time is a fabulously written piece of literary art.

  7. To win this human race. Love it!

  8. K.L. Hale says:

    Brad, this is beautiful. Each stanza speaks to me. Time,…I had an RV neighbor at my last workkamping job that was a quantum physics guru. Often deep conversations were had. Although I’ve been busy these last few days, including school visits, I don’t take one minute for granted and my pace is exactly where I need it at this point in time. Sending love and hugs dear friend. ❤️🤗🙏🏻

  9. jonicaggiano says:

    Beautifully written my friend. I see this time is indeed short and we must do what we can to leave it a better place. When I leave my eternal life will begin with my Lord and I long for that day. Yet I must do what I can to try and make even a tiny difference where I tread. Sending you my love Brad. Hope the book is going well. Jonikins ❤️🤗🦋🌹

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