Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Standing Still

This poem was written in response to Simply Snickers' poetry prompt at http://simplysnickers.blogspot.com/ . The two word prompt for this week was: standing, still.

I am standing still,
watching with quiet eyes,
as the world rushes past:
an ineluctable blur.
I am not sure we were meant
to move this fast.
We flee headlong
seeking an intangible future,
leaving the present
to slide into the past
unchanged
invariable
permanent
and wonder that technology
has not made our lives
easier.
We have not learned yet
that it is not the future
which changes the now.
A choice is not
a ripple in a pond
but a brick, a beam, a nail.
Start with the roof
and you have only
a pile of rubble.
But layer choices one by one
from the ground up
and you create
an architectonic edifice of time,
a mansion of peace,
a city of joy.
The problems of today
resolved today
cannot haunt us tomorrow.

2 comments:

Linda - Nickers and Ink said...

Love this one . . . and the truth it expresses.

Choices can be so much firmer and long-lasting than simply ripples.

Thanks for participating at SIMPLY SNICKERS this week.

I invite you to visit another new writing site as well:MEME EXPRESS – daily blog prompts

Would love you have you along! (Participants are added to the blogroll too.)

Blessings,
Linda

Angel said...

Very nice!