Poetics – Time and Time Again


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Hi Friends…this is Mary here.  I hope you all have enjoyed the time during the dVerse summer break and also the fun activities of the Third Anniversary Week. I am happy to be here as pub tender for the first Poetics after all of the excitement has died down.

Time is something we occasionally have too much of, though often we do not have not enough. Time can sometimes be a friend and at other times an enemy. One thing we know is that it continues to move forward, and once time has passed it can never be reclaimed. Look how fast summer is going. I wish I could stop the clock, but I cannot. Time marches on…….

This week I would like you to reflect on the subject of time or on clocks, which measure time. Use the subject in any way you wish. At least use either the word ‘clock’ or ‘time’ somewhere in your poem. Below are a few ideas to read through if your mind is drawing a blank.

Clocks: Any thoughts on the ‘biological clock’? Is your life ruled by the clock? Would you like to turn back the clock? What do you think of clock watchers? Do you need an alarm clock, or is your ‘alarm clock’ built in? What happens when the clock strikes midnight? Is the game over before the clock says zero? News now is around-the-clock.


Time: Think about time past, time present, time future. Does time heal all wounds, as the saying goes? Do you remember when time stood still? How do you make up for lost time? Is there such a thing as wasted time? Do you agree with Benjamin Franklin that ‘time is money’? Reflect on time management. How does a person survive those tough times in life? Or perhaps write from the point of view of one who is serving time. What do you think of Francois Rabelais’ theory that ‘time is the Father of truth’? Think about the time you let slip by. These are just a few ideas to get you thinking. Take your time and let your mind wander on the subject until you come up with a direction to take your writing.

I look forward to reading some good poetry, and I hope you do too!

What to do after you have written:

• Post your poem to your blog

• Add a link to your poem via the ‘Mr Linky’ below

• Read and comment on other people’s work to let them know it’s being read

• Share via your favorite social media platforms

• Above all- have fun!



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