The World Outside

The World Outside

A Poem by Cameron Gilhooly

A reflective free verse poem


Sometimes I feel like it would be nice

To just freeze time in its tracks,

To pause the endless momentum of life

and simply breathe.


Like the lazy afternoons spent at the beach

In the warmth of a waning summer,

Wishing you didn’t have to go back to work the next morning

Or that fall wasn’t creeping around the corner.


I wonder what that feeling is.

What lies at the heart of that desire?

I suppose the real question is:

If I could stop time in its tracks,


Would I have the courage

To ever start it back up again?

The courage to rejoin the world

And the flowing river of life?


If I knew what it would take for me to return,

Could I find that same courage

On this Tuesday morning

As I lie anxiously in my bed?

© 2020 Cameron Gilhooly

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Added on May 5, 2020
Last Updated on May 5, 2020
Tags: World, outside, rejoin, stop, time, courage, anxious, summer, beach, work, poem, free, verse


Cameron Gilhooly
Cameron Gilhooly

Nashua , NH

I’ve been reading and writing poetry since 2018 (adoring Billy Collins and Robert Frost especially); I’ve been a musician/songwriter for over 10 years; I’ve been writing some article.. more..