As the arc of time passes

 

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As the arc of time passes my given span
And turns relentlessly to the moment
Now I too must soon pay the ferryman

Will I need a holy tome, a Bible or Koran
Or a book of good deeds and sins I repent
As the arc of time passes my given span

Will you meet me, your son, now a man
Recognise me, this time worn remanent
Now I too must soon pay the ferryman

Will we talk of our life shared if you can
Before you were taken, your time spent
As the arc of time passes my given span

Will you ask me how went my life’s plan
Does my book of days tell of joy or lament
Now I too must soon pay the ferryman

Will I tell you that life perdured as it began
Days of light, and shadow, without relent
As the arc of time passes my given span
Now I too must soon pay the ferryman

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My writing group project this week is to write a Villanelle. I have never taken much interest in poetry. I had heard of sonnets and blank verse in a general knowledge sort of way, but not a Villanelle. Six months ago, before joining the writing group, I would thought a Villanelle was an ice cream dessert. How my literary world has grown……..

3 thoughts on “As the arc of time passes

  1. This is beautiful Sandy. I had lunch with my father today. We have a difficult relationship- lots on my mind since, and your poem captures the general mood of my thoughts. I had never heard of a villanelle till now- I’ll have to read about it, and hold yours up as a fine example of one šŸ˜Š

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    1. Hi Mek ( have I the correct name?)
      Thank you for your kind remarks. The prime example of a villanelle is Thoma Hardy’s ‘Do not go gently into that good night’ . It’s (I am told) the greatest poem of the last century. It is about his father who is dying. I have found it hard to write any light hearted poems! As a father myself I hope your relationship with your dad keeps on an even keel!
      Kindest regards
      Sandy

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      1. Hi Sandy. Sorry for the late reply! Yes, it’s Mek šŸ™‚ I’m sure I’ve heard that poem quoted- I will look it up and have a read- thanks. There’s a weird expectation for poems to have to be deep and meaningful I think. Perhaps once you get all the seriousness out, you can write lighter pieces, although it clearly didn’t hurt Thomas Hardy to write a serious one! Thanks, re: my dad. Looking forward to reading more of your work!

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