Thursday, June 25, 2015

Bound By Time

Sasha has us pondering Time today...

Time has no eraser, only morning
Earth is not immune to moment-grace
Where Generations pass like grass; ah, darling
How it eases through eons of space
Its resting place a grave I cannot see
Because its death will be the Death of Me

Time has no rebuttal; it is subtle
In its non-confrontational exchange
Of dawn to dark and Truth as youth is startled
By Awareness of Something age-old, yet strange
And I, along with universal masses
Am bound by this that only Death surpasses

© Janet Martin

There is only one alternative to getting older, the minister reminded us at my aunt's funeral yesterday...we should consider Time's gift a priceless allowance!

If Death should come calling today
In form of The Sublime
to grant one wish
I'm sure we would say
'oh, for a little more Time'

Some verses from God's Word on Time or Life...

Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit." Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. Instead, you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that."…James 4:13-15
Job 7:7
Remember, O God, that my life is but a breath;
Psalm 39:5
You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Everyone is but a breath, even those who seem secure.
Psalm 78:39
He remembered that they were but flesh, a passing breeze that does not return.
Psalm 102:3
For my days vanish like smoke; my bones burn like glowing embers.
Psalm 144:4
They are like a breath; their days are like a fleeting shadow.
Proverbs 27:1
Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.
Isaiah 2:22
Stop trusting in mere humans, who have but a breath in their nostrils. Why hold them in esteem?


  1. "...and Truth as youth is startled" -
    a powerful image.

    Thank you for the verses you picked, Janet. The first one I find especially striking due to its lack of poetry:

    "Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit."

    A wake up call.

    1. Thank-you Sasha,

      After attending the third funeral in a month and a half it seems to keen the awareness of this little vapor called Life...Yes, I like that first verse too...its as relate-able today as it was 2000 years ago!

    2. I am sorry about your aunt, Janet, my condolences.
      I love what your minister said.

    3. Thank-you so much...she will be missed but we are glad God spared her months of suffering. The funeral message was both comforting and a challenge to those of us who yet remain...

  2. "...Where Generations pass like grass"...a lovely expression of Psalm 103:14-16, a personal favorite! Beautiful writing, as always.

    1. thank-you. That whole Psalm is a favorite of mine as well!

  3. I am also sorry to hear about your loss. I have no aunts or uncles left to me and that slow but sure peeling away of the ones we love is painful. I have noticed that many of your poems are about Time and I have enjoyed your thoughts and words on the subject. I have Psalm 90:12 hanging on a wall in my house. "So, teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts to wisdom."

    1. thank-you for sharing that 'time'ely ;-)verse and reminding me to 'number my days'. It is so easy to forget...


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