Time Was

Time Was

A Poem by roarke
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How simple that preface.

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“Time was, ...”


How simple that preface. 

A tentative opening to personal perspective and self-earned revelation. 

Then there follows the pause, a moment of seasoned reconsideration. 

Those that go on, adding historical lore, prove they haven’t finished their lessons. 

Those that stop, letting those two words hang expectant...

Travel with hallowed memory and refrain from Future’s hype and narcissistic claims. 

© 2021 roarke


Author's Note

roarke
I was going to write a longer piece, but paused and decided to construct the impression this way first...critiques and comments welcome.

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I don't know if there is such a thing as a "rhetorical statement." I might Google it, but if there is such a thing, "Time was..." complete with the ellipsis would be an example. This under your category of those that stop. All the others, the un-stoppered majority are just garrulous old b******s like me. I think you did well to stop when you did. Plenty of time for a long piece tomorrow.

Posted 3 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

roarke

3 Months Ago

Most assuredly DC, and maybe even further down the road before approaching this again. Thanks for th.. read more



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as S&G sang..."time it was and what a time it was, a time of innocence, a time of confidences"

bit now "there are no times left, just the NY Times"
and they may talk of how "time was"
I had long talks with my father about "time was" but the man had accomplished so much...seems I am getting into old age now, and am trying to reconcile with all I didn't do and some of what I did.
I love this piece, it speaks to me on so many levels.
j.

Posted 3 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

roarke

3 Months Ago

Thanks J I don’t know if I’ve written exactly what I’m getting at, but I’m all around it. I .. read more
Memories and new thoughts sometimes a good mixture and sometimes they hold us back

Posted 3 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

roarke

3 Months Ago

Thanks for the read PB, I think you’re right.
Poetic Beauty

3 Months Ago

You are welcome. Glad to see you are still walking these halls writing
I don't know if there is such a thing as a "rhetorical statement." I might Google it, but if there is such a thing, "Time was..." complete with the ellipsis would be an example. This under your category of those that stop. All the others, the un-stoppered majority are just garrulous old b******s like me. I think you did well to stop when you did. Plenty of time for a long piece tomorrow.

Posted 3 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

roarke

3 Months Ago

Most assuredly DC, and maybe even further down the road before approaching this again. Thanks for th.. read more

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Tags: Prose, poetry, time was, revelations, memory, william calkins

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Bio I've been a professional teacher, artist and musician for over thirty years and I currently pursue an off-the-grid homesteading lifestyle. I'm continuing life's journey, accepting and creating n.. more..

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