I sat down early at my desk
where I start each day
but prioritizing all my work
caused me some delay.
The jobs and to-dos swamped my brain
—so many options vied
—and life is short — each second counts!
How could I decide?
As my neurons sparked and whirred,
I bent to tie my shoe.
When I bent up and checked the clock,
eight minutes had sped through!
Then a notion whispered by—
“Pause and take a breath.
Relax and contemplate
to understand what’s best.”
Manfully, I fought that thought
and put this thought in its stead:
“It’ dumb to slack up now,
I’d rather I were dead!
If I should break off just to breathe
disaster lies ahead!”
The nagging whisper shoved aside,
I knew just what to do —
“I’ll do it all with longer hours
and muscle my way through.”
The problem with a lot of folks
is that they ease their pace.
The way to conquer heartless time?
—Be breathless in the race!
Other pieces from the series “The Arrow of Time” –
“Time and the Black Cherry Tree,” # 1, an essay
“Deep Thoughts to Make Our Lives Feel Longer Than They Are,” # 3, a little essay
“Come Dream a Dream of Time With Me,” # 4, an essay of imagination