Time Cannot be Kept


Salvador Dali had it right:

Clocks cannot be trusted.

Not because they keep poor time,

but because time cannot be kept.

Instead, it keeps us

in cages made of minutes.

And yet the solution is not to escape,

but to find the place within time

where there is no time.

In the mean time,

it will keep us

and it will not melt

until we do

About mitchteemley

Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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36 Responses to Time Cannot be Kept

  1. Eliza Ayres says:

    Reblogged this on Blue Dragon Journal.

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  2. Lady Quixote/Linda Lee says:

    Great poem. Made me think.

    What I don’t understand is how time can fly by so fast when everything is going good, but it drags on forever during the painful stuff.

    Also, how can I be in my 60s already, when I feel like I should still be 25!

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  3. Lovely and thought-provoking, Mitch. This time, you’ve scooped me. I am also working on a blog post about time … seems to be on a lot of minds these days. Thanks!

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  4. almagrowth says:

    Deep sense, thanks.

    Liked by 3 people

  5. Heidi Viars says:

    Great post! Nope, time is not money … and no, you can’t save time!

    Liked by 5 people

  6. boromax says:

    Excellent. Time is a frequent subject in my poetry. In one of my first poems (50+ years ago) I referred to time as “a ruthless dictator.” Your poem reminded me of something I just posted today: https://imagehorde.blogspot.com/2020/01/fames-swipe.html

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  7. jenanita01 says:

    I sometimes wish I didn’t have any clocks, as I think I work better when not aware of the time…

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  8. I’m in a cage of counting days… someday I’ll break free- when I am ready…

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Bill Sweeney says:

    This is great, Mitch. When we’re going through a trial, we tend to think that our life is on hold and time should stop until we “get back in the game.” We soon discover that trials are part of the game. Major bummer πŸ™‚

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  10. Erika says:

    Finding the place in the meantime. Awesome thought and yes, that is where we can find peace no matter how fast life is evolving around us.

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  11. I’ve always thought of time as the cradle of immortality. Or that safe place where God has placed us while he prepares the new universe for our us. Right now eternity is dangerous. It’s full of chaos and fallen angels. So our mortal life is a place of protection for children. But when all things are made new and God declares time no more eternity will be ready for his children and we will no longer need the cradle.
    I don’t really have a lot of scripture for that. It’s just a gut feeling.

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  12. so I don’t break out of my cage – I melt out of my cage …

    I think my brain’s going to explode.

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  13. Flowerpoet says:

    Beautifully perceptive!

    Liked by 1 person

  14. nitinsingh says:

    Lovely, V meaningful thnx to share

    Liked by 1 person

  15. smzang says:

    You truly are a man of many hats!

    Liked by 1 person

  16. Good points well made, Mitch!

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  17. Nancy Ruegg says:

    Thought-provoking poem, Mitch. Time does have a way of melting away–except in eternity where it doesn’t exist. How amazing that God makes it possible for us to join him there for an infinity of bliss!

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  18. Ben Peters says:

    The worst moments of my life were when I was most mindful of the time. The best moments of my life were when I was least mindful of the time.

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  19. fipwmum says:

    I thought leaving work would mean I had more time but somehow or other it gets filled!

    Liked by 1 person

  20. Sage words. Modern life has altered time forever with its mechanics and clocks and machines – hasn’t it? I’ve developed a fascination with time recently, in a cosmological way, but also philosophical and poetic, so this little piece fitted perfectly.

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