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At times I feel the need for time
So as to catch my breath
There’s nothing like a bit of rhyme
So I don’t catch my death

I close my eyes
How the time flies
I feel it race
Perceive its depth
Upon my face
I sense its breath

It smells of rain and melting snow
and memories
Of forest floor and alpine meadow
and snow flurries
Of August days and prairie breezes
and golden sheaves
Of rain puddles and dripping trees
and autumn leaves
Of unmet dreams and love affairs
and childhood toys
Of balloons, clowns and country fairs
and happy noise
Of wilted flowers and ancient powers
and manuscripts
Of magic brews and crumbling towers
and secret crypts

Of… and… Of… and… ad infinitum…
Time has no end; it has no datum

The sense of time as it flies by
Is a merry-go-round
The friends who have just waved good-bye
Are easy to be found

These fragments shown by time’s racing
Have shown me much today
There’s not much point in my pacing
Eternity’s an endless day

Copyright © Regis Auffray
December 2004
All Rights Reserved

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Reviewed by lois christensen 8/14/2014
A lovely poem seems magical, but is marvelous and such a lovely water scene photo. You keep me going, Regis, out of the depths of despair!
Reviewed by JASMIN HORST SEILER 9/2/2007

REGIS! I love the last line, very deep, well said! Jasmin Horst
Reviewed by Helen Downey 5/3/2005
You have covered many aspects of time so well.I enjoyed this perfectly rhymed poem. Bravo to you Regis!

Reviewed by Pearl Blevins 2/3/2005
Great Poem. A very good subject to write about and you captured it extrememly well.
I also have a poem entitled Time!
Reviewed by Paul Williams 1/21/2005
Beautiful write Regis very profound...I can really relate to this

Reviewed by Jimmy Holder 12/27/2004
Of wilted flowers and ancient powers
and manuscripts
Of magic brews and crumbling towers
and secret crypts

Excellent !
Reviewed by Amira van Kerk 12/25/2004
Love the ending of that outstanding write.
Time is priceless.
Reviewed by Anna Marie Fritz (Reader) 12/18/2004
Oh, I so do agree with that final line, Regis!
The entire piece is most thought-provoking. Well written. are better looking without the hair. I used to
fancy Yul Brunner, and once saw him wearing a wig....ughhh!
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 12/18/2004

mon ami, you have penned a beautiful poem full of wisdom and i can't thank you enough--magnificent!

(((HUGS))), love and merry Christmas, karla. :)
Reviewed by Denise Edwards 12/16/2004
Great , Regis. Full of wisdom and grace!
Reviewed by ya mama (Reader) 12/15/2004
nice one regis
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 12/13/2004
... and you've managed to capture its myriad candyfloss flavours here, Regis! So much packed into a microsecond - its easy to see why time is limitless! TY Kate xx
Reviewed by Ch'erie de Perrot 12/13/2004
Acutely accurate and inspirational, ty for this Regis, glad to be able to read you again.
Love Ch'erie
Reviewed by Zenith Elliott 12/12/2004
Beautifully penned, Regis! ~Z~
Reviewed by William Bonilla 12/12/2004
a Beautiful write ...Regis

William .....Peace
Reviewed by Desiree Baker (Reader) 12/12/2004
Very Nice Regis, some inspriational work and the words show you an image! Great write!
*Canuck Hugs*
Reviewed by Karen Chalfant (Reader) 12/12/2004
This is great, Regis! Moments of time are caught by memories and remembered by the senses. Wonderful poem!
Reviewed by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie 12/12/2004
Ah, I loved this, very beautiful, that last line just wonderful,

Reviewed by Lori Moore 12/11/2004
Wonderful images. A true beauty.
Reviewed by A Serviceable Villain 12/11/2004

Beautiful art exemplifies your grand poetic style - a stunningly perfect write ... thanks for this one!!

Best regards,

Reviewed by Judy Lloyd (Reader) 12/11/2004
I liked the way this poem goes and the way you ended it with time being eternity.
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 12/11/2004
I hope that eternity IS time infinitum and that our progeny and that of theirs and so on do experience eternity the same if not better than that of our time on this old earth...I did so enjoy sharing with you a bit of your one day in eternity herein this poem...Find Peace, Ed & Rufuz
Reviewed by Sage Writer (Reader) 12/11/2004
Yes, Regis, true. Pacing, being in a hurry, yelling, and all the things we do, like pat our feet, does not bother time. Time is not our master, it is us who tries to master time. Thanks for sharing a bit of time with us.
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 12/11/2004
Beautiful imagery, mon ami! C'est magnifique! Well done!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D
Reviewed by Eddie Thompson 12/11/2004
magic brews, crumbling towers, and secret crypts....sounds like every story i've ever loved...thanks for the reminder of this endless day.
Reviewed by A. Gagné (Reader) 12/11/2004
Beautiful. Thank you for sharing your thoughts in such a gentle, praiseworthy manner. :)
Reviewed by Carole Mathys 12/11/2004
Exemplary write Regis....your words paint pictures so vivid...I can see them

Peace, Carole
Reviewed by Nordette Adams 12/11/2004
Superb, Regis! Again you've imparted meaning not just with your words, but also with rhythm. You've created the sound effect of spinning round. Some reviewers have mentioned the sense of merry-go-round. It reminds me of your "Afraid" poem in which you had the ticking drone effect of time, which can be disturbing. However, in this poem you give us the delightful ta-da-da-da-ta-da-da-da-ta-da-da-da-Dance of Time. Excellent! I love a poet who takes the time to craft a piece.
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 12/11/2004
Wonderful poem I want to share my poem with the same title with you if I may....

Kites seek the wind here
Sea oats practice
Their patient sway
To rhythms
Of seasons and year
Dunes rise from the sand
Carved in a sculptor's caress
Would dare to dream
Of creation on a scale
Of unbounded distance
A seagull holds in the breeze
Wings stretched wide
Like a lover's arms
Both share
Unspoken word to the wind
"Come to me"
While the morning sun
Still raises its eyes to the clouds
Shells dot the sand shelf
In places the ocean
Swept them last night
Flowing promises of return
Maybe the sand still remembers
The footsteps
Small hands
Building impermanence
Leaving marks
Of hearts drawn
With names underneath
Carvings of hopes
And small dreams
That are washed away daily
Both us
And this place bowing
At different paces
To what finds us
And binds us both...

Love Tinka

Copyright ©2003 – 2004 Tinka Boukes
All Rights Reserved
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 12/11/2004
Glad I took the time to read this one, Regis; it's a timeless gem.
Reviewed by George Jackson 12/11/2004
This is an excellent take on the subject of time, something I seem to be drawn to in most of my works, but you grasp it so much better. Very well penned. Thank you.
Reviewed by Phillip William Allen 12/11/2004
Like a Merry-Go-Round, I want one more go round. Well done Regis
Reviewed by Pamela Kimmell 12/11/2004
Simply wonderful poetry....we seem to become more aware of time as we get older too. I often have that subject running through my head as I write AND live my life. This is just beautiful.
Reviewed by Handsum Hart 12/10/2004
Simply smashing! Write on Regis

Happy Holidays
Reviewed by Chanti Niven 12/10/2004
"I close my eyes
How the time flies
I feel it race
Perceive its depth
Upon my face
I sense its breath"

I can so easily relate to the words in this poem. You have such a special gift Regis. I often read your poetry and marvel at how you are able to say so much in so few words. The imagery you've created with your words can be related to by many. In my own life at times the pace is frenetic and this is when I have a deep desire to walk in a quiet place surrounded by nature. When you are listening to the soothing sound of a stream, breathing the redolence of the earth and hearing the sounds of birdsong it is easy to feel as though time has stopped for a while.
Beautiful write and profound ending.
Take care precious friend...Chanti
Reviewed by Huda Orfali 12/10/2004
Of unmet dreams and love affairs
and childhood toys
That's wonderful, it seems like yesterday I was playing with toys but my dreams are never met today.
If I stop dreaming, I stop breathing, then time will stop for me.
Love & Peace
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 12/10/2004
Thought provoking write! Love it!
Reviewed by Danielle Mundy 12/10/2004
Wow! This is great writing, Regis. Time is never ending and eternal..though we never seem to have enough of it to appreciate fuly the things we are blessed with.
Reviewed by Janet Parker 12/10/2004
Wow! this is outstanding, Regis.
Reviewed by Ann Marquette 12/10/2004
Wow! awesome, beautiful, very moving. Oh the memories...
Reviewed by Sarah Tagert 12/10/2004
awesome write! Keep up the good work!!
Reviewed by Tracey L. O' Very (Reader) 12/10/2004
This is Beautiful Regis. Eternity's an endless day. So Beautiful.
Ths Picture in itself takes me places you write of here. Thanks so much Regis Beautiful.
God Bless You
Merry Christmas!
Reviewed by Sherry Heim 12/10/2004
This is a fantastic write, Regis. I like the thought about the merry-go-round. It really pulls it all into perspective.
Take care, Sherry
Reviewed by E T Waldron 12/10/2004
A wondrous capture of the endless continuum Regis! I love this poem and the photo is sublime! Eileen
Reviewed by A PAX 12/10/2004
Time is such a personal concept.......this is very sweet!
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 12/10/2004
I concur with ACE. Most are, Time reflexing like a whore falls wan**ng to the floor. Is what I feel like saying to so many. But Regis this is above all, showing poetry skill on a subject I had never found commenting on yet..nice one
Reviewed by jude forese 12/10/2004
ususally poems about time are trite and uninspired but this poem is ineffable in perspective, imagery and delivery ...
Reviewed by - - - - - TRASK 12/10/2004
Really Time You Humaity Has Little Left--Better Make Best Of Eternitys Endless Pacing Day!


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