No Before or After

Now in the blessed days of more and less
when the news about time is that each day
there is less of it I know none of that
as I walk out through the early garden
only the day and I are here with no
before or after and the dew looks up
without a number or a present age
~W. S. Merwin “Dew Light” from The Moon Before Morning

Dear March—Come in—
How glad I am—
I hoped for you before—
Put down your Hat—
You must have walked—
How out of Breath you are—

~Emily Dickinson

I measure time by calendar page turns…

there is less left of time each day
as I look to the sky to see the sun come and the sun go

I greet the new month as the old one passes
reminding myself there won’t be another like it

The morning dew light fades without a before or after
only a moment of blessing

How can this not be the way of things?


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One thought on “No Before or After

  1. Tempus Fugit Memento Mori !
    A quote attributed to Socrates that my late father used among others when we (5) children dawdled over house chores.
    He was a newspaper reporter for a few years right after college. After family dinners he would often quote some of his favorite poetry, even using the proper foreign accent and inflection. To a person, we grew up appreciating good writing, especially historical and biographies. I miss him so. I hope that he will be chosen to be present when I arrive at my eternal ‘home.’ There is so much that I want to say to him – especially, ‘I love you. Thank you for being my father, my friend….’

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