The Offer

If I were to offer you the secret of time

And reveal how its passing could be confined –

 

Would you accept?

 

Oh but of course!

Day on day I grapple to capture each breath

That exhales my life and edges me closer to death

 

What fool would decline

Infinity’s tonic

That abolishes time

And its nagging wife

 

Who’s a ruthless reminder that it’s all apt to dissolve

Along with dust-gathering moments of stories untold

 

Eradicate time and regret is gone

So too is the saddle of guilt

That’s laden with mistakes and the promises we break

As all our dreams are destined to wilt

 

Yes, it’s true that distress ticks with time’s callous clock

But you see, the paradox of it all is this –

 

That time’s fleeting nature is also the source

Of a bordered life that’s bursting with bliss

 

Without time, you would not try

To be who you are or to ask yourself why

 

Why am I here and what is this for?

How can I improve on who I was before?

 

Who do I love and why do I care

That I’m so overcome with feelings of despair?

 

At the thought that I’ve not been true

To what it is that I set out to do

 

In a blaze it will be categorically gone

So honour time obediently

Make it yours with this breath…

For nothing drives us more than immediacy

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Photo: The enigma of time has baffled philosophers and artists alike for centuries, including Salvador Dali who was particularly fascinated with the fluidity of time

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3 thoughts on “The Offer

  1. Gąsik,
    for me this is the best poem you have written. It shows maturity and thoughtfulness. The deliberations and conclusion are in line with those of wise men. Great!

  2. I love this poem.is there one moment in life that you would like to confine? For me no as the thirst for new, exhilarating experiences and moments is too hard to ignore.

    xx

    From: potteringpoet Reply-To: potteringpoet Date: Tuesday, 7 January 2014 8:45 PM To: Kathryn Elliott Subject: [New post] The Offer

    WordPress.com natsilber posted: “If I were to offer you the secret of time And reveal how its passing could be confined, Would you accept? Oh but of course! Day on day I grapple to capture each breath That exhales my life and edges me closer to death “

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