Ordinary Time

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Counting
numbering days and nights
calculating the length
and breadth of
our alloted
breaths
we live
by the numbers.

It starts in a split second
of passion
in the darkness
plunging headlong
to a date certain
when savage lights assault
our tender eyes
and we see
how it will be
in this clock-
work world.

Time orders All.

Class bells
church bells
the grandfather clock
in the hallway
heavily chimes
as our lives sway
in the diurnal dance,
we wake and sleep
laugh and weep
and it is all very ordinary
until it is not;

then the chain breaks
and heavy weights
crush our vision’s
persistence
and at last we subside
into inordinate
existence.

(1 March 2012)

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2 thoughts on “Ordinary Time

  1. I agree with Betty, Steven. I am a little puzzled by the last lines, though:

    then the chain breaks
    and heavy weights
    crush our vision’s
    persistence
    and at last we subside
    into inordinate
    existence.

    The chain of life, as it ties to time, does break. I have been only too aware of that lately. But do we then subside into inordinate existence? Unrestrained existence? Ahh, I think I might get it. Into the company of God. Is that it? You’ve made me think. That’s good in a poem. What a wonderful work!

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