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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Marking Time

Time by Vive_Le_Rock @ deviantART


The story of a life 
Is often written 
As just a line, 
Major events 
Demarcated 
Chronologically…
Birth, 
School, 
Job, 
Marriage, 
Children, 
Death…

Incremental marks 
That neglect 
The essence of life…

The scar on your knee 
Earned breaking 
The third grade 
Jump rope record… 

A lingering first kiss 
Behind the bleachers,
Homecoming game,
Freshman year…

Learning that cold cereal 
Tastes better in bed 
Than it ever could at the table,
Especially when served
By five year old hands…

Yearnings whispered 
Over birthday candles,
Wishbones 
And falling stars.

If we live our lives 
Focused 
On that next mark, 
We will miss 
The moments 
That truly define us.



~~~~  This poem was written for a prompt from Imaginary Garden with Real Toads asking us to consider the word “Demarcation.”

12 comments:

Kerry O'Connor said...

Cold cereal really does taste better in bed!
Your reminders of what is really important in life are well-chosen. We should not let the moments that define us fade unnoticed.

Susan said...

True. And your poem, shaped like a line itself, got wider with the luscious details --even just a few of them. The economy of the first half may fir into a form, but it preserves only statistics.

Mary said...

Yes, Mary! It is those small happenings that really give life its substance. A birthday means very little; but the wish made when one blows out the candle....now THAT is important. What a difference between the first part and the second!

Peggy said...

Ah this is nice--all the lovely details that define a person and life so much better than those big demarcations.

Heaven said...

There are milestones in our lives, but its the little moments that define us and make us alive ~ Lovely message dear ~

Sherry Blue Sky said...

I so love this. Especially the reminder not to miss the moments that most define us.

Abin Chakraborty said...

Its not the length but the small details that make up a long grand life.very well said.

Gemma Wiseman said...

Marking out time in advance and marking time can blind us to so many inspiring sidetracks. Beautiful ideas!

Herotomost said...

I will listen and enjoy your wisdom every day of the year...wow, this was a great message cloaked in exceptional writing. And the words had the perfect "feel" to them. Loved it.

Marian said...

aw, breakfast in bed, that image strikes me, too :) important!

Kay L. Davies said...

Aha, I've often eaten cereal in bed. Cheerios, mostly.
You're right, if we aren't participating in our moments, we will miss our lives.
K

vivinfrance said...

A lovely reminder to savour the moments when they happen, make memories and love life.