How briefly a day
lasts, unravelling so fast
you can’t keep pace.
You are at the morning
bus stop, wondering
if you definitely
locked the hall door
when, what seems
like seconds later,
sunset struts by
in all its sky-draped
finery, its evening
wear, and you are
unlocking the hall door.
~Dennis O’Driscoll
“Time Pieces”

Time slips by faster and faster
like an unravelling spool of thread
fallen to the floor and racing away from me.

If I pull on the end to gather the thread
it leads me on a merry chase
through mornings and evenings
and everything in between.

I wind up missing the journey
when I only focus on what lies ahead,
wishing if I could only slow things down,
I would catch up.

For time has caught up with me,
reminding me once it leaves the spool –
it’s gone forever
and it is up to me to be sewing something
beautiful before it escapes completely.


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5 thoughts on “Unravelling

  1. Oh my! such poignancy in this post–makes my heart squeeze out both joy and sadness, especially with the musical choices–reminding me of my young teenagers and the music they enjoyed (I too, along with them). Your thread illustration was inspired, Emily!

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  2. Emily, your comment today is a ‘zinger’ that has hit me like an accurately-aimed lightening bolt and stopped me short.
    For some time, I have been chasing that evasive ‘spool’. Your final paragraph contains the ‘solution’
    to my problem — right from the trusted ‘solution department’ itself: The Holy Spirit-Counselor within.
    Thank you!

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  3. I absolutely love this. I think it’s ultimately an illusion that the spool is there in the first place as a distraction to make you focus on the external instead of the internal. The sewing is more important than the spool or the thread, in keeping with the analogy. If we worry too much about the external, we lose the internal, which is where we lose our ability to act instead of overthinking everything.

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  4. Jesse G – I like this, too. We gain so much from reading other people’s interpretative comments on Emily’s blog.
    Thank you.

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