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Lillian here, delighted to be hosting dVerse again!

Out for coffee with friends the other day, I was asked about my recent 40-day trip to Singapore, Bali, Australia and New Zealand. My response? We had the time of our lives!
That got me to thinking about the word time.

As one website* states: “Time is something we deal with every day, and something that everyone thinks they understand. However a compact and robust definition of time has proved to be remarkably tricky and elusive. . . time has many aspects and appears to represent different things to different people in different circumstances.

  • Time stood still.
  • Excuse me, do you have the time?
  • It took a very long time.
  • Adolescence is a difficult time.
  • This is not the first time this has happened.
  • I don’t have time right now.
  • Clap in time with the music.
  • He completed the race in record time.
  • Things were different in my time.
  • He should be doing time for such a crime.

‘Time’ can be used as a noun, adjective (time bomb, time signature) and as a verb (to time a race or an event). It can be considered in the past, present or future tense.”

And then of course, there’s that very famous beginning to Charles Dickens’ Tale of Two Cities, published in 1859: It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…

 For today’s poetics: write a poem that includes the word “time” and/or a poem about a particular “time” etched in your memory.  

You may use the photo below or any of your choosing — or post without a photo. Photo below is in public domain.

*Explanation of time from http://www.exactlywhatistime.com


As always, please do observe the “rules of conduct” for dVerse – and for those of you new to dVerse, here’s what we hope everyone does:

  • Write a “time poem” as the prompt suggests, and post it to your blog.
  • Click on Mr. Linky below to add your name and enter the direct URL to your poem
  • On your blog, please provide a link back to dVerse
  • If you promote your poem on social media, use the tag #dverse poets
  • And most importantly, please do read some of the other responses to the prompt and add a short comment or reaction. Everyone likes to be appreciated! The prompt is “live” for several days – as you’ll notice by the comments you’ll receive – so do stop by another day and read a few of the latecomers too!