The Time Traveler

The Time Traveler

A Poem by Stanley R. Teater

An important encounter.


There was a man who came from hence.

How came you back in time said I.

The trick, said he, is not to care.

First hence, then now, then back again.

It is just numbers racing by

Upon the face of clocks unseen.

You are the master of your time.

Care not the date, care not the place,

But waste no time, waste not your life.

When matters not, you are the key.

‘Tis what you do, not when ‘tis done

That earns your place at God’s right arm.


There was a man who came from hence.

I saw his face, I knew him well.

The man was me, in wiser form.

Will I heed him and better be?

If truth be told, takes time to see.


      © 2016 Stanley R. Teater

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© 2016 Stanley R. Teater

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An interesting idea. I believe we all travel to an fro in time in some sense, in our imaginations. We ponder the past and future. I guess you have chosen to use 'tis' and it does lend an old feel to it. I feel that you have also used the word hence too often but you may need it for your time travel. I thought that your last four lines are great and the best part of your thought provoking poem.
Well done. Alan

Posted 2 Years Ago

Amazing use of words my friend. I had to read again. You wrote of what we are and what we shall become. Thank you Stanley for sharing the amazing poetry.

Posted 2 Years Ago

time travel,many believe that we can,and do
loved the write and the thought

Posted 3 Years Ago

We all come from hence. I like the line 'Tis what you do, not when 'tis done that earn your place at God's right arm. We all should grow as we age. Valentine

Posted 3 Years Ago

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Added on October 26, 2016
Last Updated on October 26, 2016


Stanley R. Teater
Stanley R. Teater

Cedar Park, TX

Writing fiction has always been a dream. After 36 years working in television station marketing and advertising I grew tired of writing 30-second commercials and promos. I retired and I now write fict.. more..


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