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by Mark M Lichterman
Friday, May 04, 2012
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       Mark M. Lichterman


 In the segments of my life,

in the younger years,

in my younger years

time did not move.

Days were never ending;

one following the last

with a full twenty-four hour count

each hour a full sixty minute count.


In my younger years

time never moved;

time taking a life-time

till old enough for dad

to allow me into auto

to explain

the clutch,

the accelerator and

the break peddle;

to explaining the mergence

of shifting gears

with the play upon the clutch.

Time took three lifetimes

to come to age sixteen.


From sixteen to twenty;

the good years,

the years of high school

of girlfriends

of part-time work

to pay for the girlfriends,

of part-time work

to pay for the girlfriends,

to pay for a ‘47

De Soto with Power Glide.

Responsible but for myself,

time now began to move faster.


The years of family,

the years of my family,

of my wife,

of my beautiful,

then young wife

and of my children.

Of my beautiful

Then young children.


These years,

the years of family

sped by,

sped by so quickly

as my children

went from child

to adult.


The years of family

sped by,

sped by so quickly

as my children

went from dependent

to independent,

to now,

within their own lives,

to now as my children

became familiar strangers.


Now older,

and older yet

as now time flies.

Time now flies as

day merges into night,

as night merges into day.

Time now flies so quickly

that if today

were Christmas

tomorrow then is

the Fourth of July.

Time now flies so quickly

that If this day is the Fourth of July,

tomorrow then is Christmas

and between,

the time between:

the days,

the weeks,

the months

between are a blur.


Waking at five-thirty,

into bed at ten-thirty,

mornings come and

nights go and

the seconds,

the minutes,

the hours between

are a blur.


Ten thirty now,

feeling tired now,

time for bed now.






©May 5, 2012 / Mark M. Lichterman





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Reviewed by Annabel Sheila 5/8/2012
So much truth in your words, Mark! Life seems to have gone by in a flash when we reach fifty plus! If only we had the wisdom to appreciate every moment in our youth...but in our youth..the senior years a lifetime away..and that seems like a long time...but it isnt!

Reviewed by Tom Hyland 5/6/2012


PEACE ... TOM...
Reviewed by Christine Tsen 5/6/2012
This is eloquent, Mark, so good!
A quote has come into my mind. "Time flies like an arrow, but fruit flies like a banana." Now where on earth did I get that? The Marx Bro's perhaps?
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 5/6/2012
I agree with Patrick. Having taken ten years to write my autobiography, I find those childhood years compressed into a few episodes of vivid memory that seemed to have flash by instant.

The most important thing about learning to drive, is learning to use the brake.

Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 5/5/2012
Well you know what they say, "time flies when you're having fun," ergo, you must be having fun. Patrick
Reviewed by Laura Fall 5/5/2012
So beautifully written my friend and meaningful Laura
Reviewed by Felix Perry 5/5/2012
I enjoyed and related to this one so easily Mark. It does seem like as we get older time becomes a treasured comodity sometimes but at others a waste of...well...time. Loved the part about learning to drive especially, brought back memories.

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