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


9 Responses to “Construct of Time”
  1. beth says:

    we tend to lose perspective so early on – so good to think about the reality every now and then

  2. kristianw84 says:

    Oh, I love this! Time is one of my favorite subjects to discuss. I believe that time itself, before humans invented ways to measure it still existed. Take Dendrochronology, or tree-ring counting, for example. Humans might have figured out that the rings on the tree tell us how old the tree is, but the tree still creates those rings whether we are around to count them or not. Therefore, time exists, it is just not measured because nature has no need to measure it. We can learn a lot from nature.

    I agree it is hubris to think we leave behind a legacy. In the grand scheme of things, we do not matter. The world existed long before humans arrived, and it will exist long after we are gone. I have learned to slow down a little. I would rather live my life in moments rather than the ticking of the clock. All things must come to an end, so we should enjoy them in the moments we have them rather than focusing on the expiration date. – There’s another “Tuesday Tidbit” for ya! Thank you for getting my juices flowing this morning!

  3. Liam Eddy says:

    Too many never realize the vastness of the universe and our relative insignificance therein.

  4. Secret Bree says:

    That 4th stanza… Gesh it got me thinking, as good poetry should 🙂

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