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The sixty-sixth day of the year!

Time's marching on apace,

The weeks are washed downstream as one

In destiny's mill-race

 

They say that life is what takes place

While, otherwise employed,

We image on the calendar

A purpose unalloyed

 

But then that's merely virtual

Vicarious, if you like,

It won't satisfy the deadlines

On a pledge's unpaid spike

 

We work, we love, we eat, we sleep,

We rest – it still goes fast,

If we can't grab it by the collar,

Our future will be past!

 

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Comments 6

 
Katherine Gregor on Saturday, 07 March 2015 20:11

I like the rhythm of your poem, Rosy.

I like the rhythm of your poem, Rosy.
Rosy Cole on Sunday, 08 March 2015 13:13

Thanks, Katia. It's just the way it happened :-) I don't follow fashions, prefer just to let the subject, as I view or experience it, speak for itself.

I wrote the piece about six years ago and let it languish in a file. Yesterday, looking on Wikipedia for historic events of the day, I learned that March 7 was the 66th day of the year and suddenly remembered I had written a poem way back.

Thanks, Katia. It's just the way it happened :-) I don't follow fashions, prefer just to let the subject, as I view or experience it, speak for itself. I wrote the piece about six years ago and let it languish in a file. Yesterday, looking on Wikipedia for historic events of the day, I learned that March 7 was the 66th day of the year and suddenly remembered I had written a poem way back.
Anonymous on Sunday, 08 March 2015 05:01

"...hither hurried whence...whither hurried hence..." How do you do it? Bullseye every
time! You've written what I feel every day. And not a cliché in a carload. Glad I checked.

"...hither hurried whence...whither hurried hence..." How do you do it? Bullseye every time! You've written what I feel every day. And not a cliché in a carload. Glad I checked.
Rosy Cole on Sunday, 08 March 2015 13:15

Glad you enjoyed it, Charlie. It's not one I included in my published collection, but it is heartfelt. Very! :-)

Glad you enjoyed it, Charlie. It's not one I included in my published collection, but it is heartfelt. Very! :-)
Orna Raz on Saturday, 14 March 2015 03:47

Dear Rosy I found myself reading the poem out loud it is so musical. I have loved numbers and dates, and really enjoyed the way you contrast their complexity and symbolism with the rhythm of the poem.

Dear Rosy I found myself reading the poem out loud it is so musical. I have loved numbers and dates, and really enjoyed the way you contrast their complexity and symbolism with the rhythm of the poem.
Rosy Cole on Tuesday, 17 March 2015 17:50

Thanks kindly, Orna. I really wanted to find an image with the clock hands close to midnight, but settled for the reading and writing theme :-)

Thanks kindly, Orna. I really wanted to find an image with the clock hands close to midnight, but settled for the reading and writing theme :-)
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