Sunday, July 18, 2021

if time could stand still

Time is a ruthless herder.

photo by Dariusz Sankowski at pixabay

if time could stand still

if time could stand still
just for a while, for us
in a fine restaurant
sipping champagne
a name we could not
and later
hand in hand
at the esplanade
the waves gently
slapping breakwaters
we are
looking for falling stars
hidden in the
warm glow of moonlight

but time
is a ruthless herder
it makes no compromises
heeds no pleas

and so
it is not to be.


“It's so much darker when a light goes out than it would have been if it had never shone.”

― John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent

© cheong lee san ( dsnake1 ) 2021

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Blogger Rommy said...

I can feel the heartache in the last two lines, all built up from the sweetness of the images before. The "it is not to be" feels like a giant hand knocking over every sweet dream of a future.

18 July, 2021 23:15  
Blogger indybev said...

Oh dang! It was such a nice fantasy there for a while.

18 July, 2021 23:23  
Blogger colleen said...

Time doesn't play favorites and never admits its faults!

18 July, 2021 23:37  
Blogger dsnake1 said...


yes, the "it is not to be" ending happens.. :(


ah, the nice fantasy didn't last long.


right, time doesn't play favourites. Pauper or king, they are the same.

18 July, 2021 23:43  
Blogger phillip woodruff (jalopy dreams) said...

very well written, i especially like these lines"

"we are
looking for falling stars
hidden in the
warm glow of moonlight"

19 July, 2021 00:23  
Blogger Gillena Cox said...

"but time
is a ruthless herder"
OMG!! Luv those lines

Happy Sunday


19 July, 2021 01:12  
Blogger Lisa said...

"... a ruthless herder" is such a wonderful way to describe time! It certainly directs us where it wants, and when it wants.

19 July, 2021 01:15  
Blogger Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

Yes, that ending comes down heavy and final, after the delightful picture you paint earlier. What a great keynote: 'Time is a ruthless herder', and I love the Steinbeck quote in this context too.

19 July, 2021 01:41  
Blogger Helen said...

As I read your poem, my sighs began, increasing in volume, thru the end. Lovely writing.

19 July, 2021 02:34  
Blogger Debi Swim said...

I read this as a long ago memory that you wish you could still experience but time moves on ans we are left with bittersweet memories. It is a lovely poem.

19 July, 2021 04:52  
Blogger Old Egg said...

Humans seem to be the only animals not to accept the problems of living long lives rather than the obvious rule that we are here to maintain our species number.

19 July, 2021 09:28  
Blogger dsnake1 said...


Thank you for visiting! :)


Thank you! :)


yes, i thought it would be pretty hard to go against it. well, impossible. :)

19 July, 2021 10:05  
Blogger dsnake1 said...


Thank you!
All good things must come to an end?
i like that quote too.


Thank you!
glad you like the poem. :)


yes, you will find the 70's and 80's in the labels. that's when all these warm memories are.

19 July, 2021 14:20  
Blogger dsnake1 said...


well, humans are the 'intelligent' species and would like to stamp their dominance. and then they would like to do that within nations and races, and therein lies the problem. :(

19 July, 2021 14:28  
Blogger  said...

Beautiful writing.

19 July, 2021 22:41  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

Thank you! :)
Thanks for visiting.

19 July, 2021 23:39  

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