Poem: measured time

6 inklings - saturday

she said, “i’d like to believe that measured time has left
that it departed a long while ago
that we no longer count
one two three one two three
and we no longer wait
three two one.”
he said, “do you know why they call them dog days?
because they occur during the rise of Sirius
the dog star.
that good times and bad times
are just stories. man made.”
she said, “i’d like to believe that we can change time
that we can make it move faster
and we can make it move slower
i’d like to believe that we are the ones who cause ourselves to
die.”
he said, “there’s so much destruction in the world
and so much hatred
and so much pain
and we so easily forget
that time for us may be running out. that time itself is a terrorist.”
she said, “i’d like to believe that beginnings
and ends never existed. that starts and stops aren’t real.
and time is not linear.
we are cycles like the tides and the seasons.
we need to just be.”
he said, “we always try to regulate everything
we make everything so mechanical –
we’re mathematicians
music has metronomes, poetry has metres
and our heart has beats that pulsate in rhythmic time.”
she said, “i’d like to believe that we got it all wrong.
that time moves faster when we’re near the people we love
and slower when people are apart.
i’d like to believe that an eternity can be spent
and wasted with the people you love
that time leaves marks and erases them
that it is just what it is.”
she said, “i wish time had a different name.
that the one that just exists would just be one kind of time.
and the one that we count
one two three one two three
is another.”

– cumuloq ❤

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